Friday, August 03, 2007

No Dark Sarcasm in the Classroom

Suddenly all of my bark has been biting me. That is to say, all the research I have been involved in is suddenly asking me to do things other than attend meetings. This has caused me a little stress over the week, stress that induced me to make some lemon curd today and work 7 hours at work (as you can see I have great procrastination abilities). I'm also worried about my performance in a certain essay-intensive class. The thing is, I hate editing my writing, and I like getting things right on the first or second try. Lack of editing and overfaith in my sheer brilliance have led to some dull grades on essays, and I hope I don't make the same mistakes again.

I started Hofstadter's new book I Am A Strange Loop last weekend. It's great. Possibly more accessible than GEB, but not quite as funny.

Do you ever start thinking about life and think that it's all a charade? I became disillusioned with the music world when I discovered that politics play more of a role than skill at times. I didn't think psychology would similarly disillusion me. I feel so powerless to change anything in the world of psychology, let alone the world at large. I often feel like just another brick in the wall. Like it isn't worth it to actually think things out because it will only make me more unhappy later on if I see others with differing opinions.

4 comments:

MustacheBoy said...

See, that's why I enjoyed economics, because if you had a theory there was an easy way to test it. Sure, there was disillusionment, but it was mostly with yourself or mankind in general.

Andrea said...

Bleh, I hate editing my own writing, too. It's like admitting, "Hey, look! I'm not perfect at all!". And if it's not perfect in the first place, why would it be any more perfect after one or two or three edits . . .

I'd be happy to look over any essays if you want another pair of critical eyes . . . though sometimes it's worse to have someone else point out non-perfection . . . :-)

Mr. Jimbles said...

You can dig it. And it's okay to be disillusioned with psychology; heck, that means that you're understanding it (and the attached community) more. But it doesn't hurt to look on the bright side too, I guess.

Olympus said...

Besides, I had some of that lemon curd. I'd say it's worth it ...