Right now I should be writing a two-page response paper comparing an element of Aristotle’s theory of the “right” and the “good” with some other philosopher’s, but instead I feel compelled to write a blog entry.
What am I thankful for this semester? As of now, I am thankful that:
a) After three semesters I have come full circle with the material that interests Prof. C, and that it’s given me a new language to express and conceptualize some of the experiences, intuitions and heretofore undetected existential effects that come bundled with urban modernity. I love that I now have a sense of the vocabulary to engage in introspection and reflection under a more formalized framework that feels more satisfying in its explanative value.
b) Under Prof. S’s confident and skilful guidance, I have been given a respectable introduction to western philosophical thought in a fashion that has validated, clarified and echoed many of the things I had always wondered about or had constructed a personal morality around.
c) In what I can only view as a great blessing, I have had an extraordinarily wonderful experience in my MIT seminar, in that I have not only learnt many intrinsic truths about the world and many surprising subtleties about those truths, but more importantly in that I have added to a fairly robust personal worldview based on these findings and I now feel that I have decided what I want to do in life. That latter development is especially exciting for me. People crave structure and direction, and Prof. L. has done a remarkable job at helping me feel confident about having discovered both.
This list is of course by no means exhaustive, and life has its indignities, inconveniences and difficulties, but in terms of classes I can be happy that they have served the purposes that educators and students must wish they would serve – to inspire, to engage, to transform.