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That awkward feeling when you’re significantly early for class on the day of a test…

Best thing to do, in my opinion? Lean back in your chair, turn on some classical music, and SpAcE OuT.

I have a chunk of amethyst that I’ve started carrying around with me. Whenever I have five minutes of free time I pull it out and just stare at it.

And the amazing thing is, it’s always fascinating.  No matter how much I look at it, it’s still sparkly and wonderful.

ANYWAY.

MOVING ON.

I have NO IDEA what I’m writing about, and that is COMPLETELY OKAY.

ALRIGHT

I FOUND A TOPIC.

Wildly impractical economic stimulus plan #13.

OPERATION: PACTRASH

Take out government boat-building contracts and create specialized garbage-scooping ships, then hire crews and technicians from the unemployed and go to work scooping up the mid-Atlantic trash patch.  Then hire more people to develop ways of recycling that trash and build facilities to do so.  Reprocess this trash and use these materials for use in manufacturing nationally made, nationally marketed products.

BEWM.

NOT ONLY will this provide employment for thousands (at the most conservative estimate), it will also CLEAN UP THE OCEAN and MAKE US LOOK GOOD, while simultaneously providing a BOOST to the NATIONAL MANUFACTURERS.

So ADOPT THIS PLAN, before SOMEONE ELSE DOES.

CAPS LOCK.

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WHAT A GORGEOUS DAY IT IS HERE IN WISCONSIN.

If this seems disjointed, it’s because I’m not using Facebook anymore.  Instead, for the next (checks watch) four days, I’ll be updating my blog regularly rather than my Facebook profile.

Know what’s interesting?

MUSIC.

Why?

Because it’s so subjective. each person perceives music differently, plays music differently, analyzes music differently, likes music differently.  Even when these areas overlap, they may do so for differing reasons.

Music is like a language in this way–everyone has their own way of talking, and everyone has their own music.  Indeed, perhaps music is still more elemental than speech, for music can be made by anyone, and requires no teaching at all.

Just as different words evoke different images, so do the various chords of music bring out varying responses in the listener.

…do I have a point? Not really, other than music is cool.

Let’s move on to something else.

LET’S TALK ABOUT HONOR.

I’ve never talked about that before!

QUOTATION FROM MONTAIGNE:

(That Intention is the Judge of Our Actions)

“Henry VII., King of England, articled with Don Philip, son to Maximilian the emperor, or (to place him more honourably) father to the Emperor Charles V., that the said Philip should deliver up the Duke of Suffolk of the White Rose, his enemy, who was fled into the Low Countries, into his hands; which Philip accordingly did, but upon condition, nevertheless, that Henry should attempt nothing against the life of the said Duke; but coming to die, the king in his last will commanded his son to put him to death immediately after his decease.”

Was this king at fault? That point is, as always with wacky ol’ Montaigne, ultimately left to the reader, but Montaigne very strongly believes that he was.  He argues that “death did not acquit the former of his promise,” and makes his case that the spoken word is not a strictly literal thing. Clever tricks of speech and technicalities cannot circumvent a promise—you cannot technically keep your word while acting against it.  Intention, he says, is the important point, not the word itself.

This would be where I agree with Montaigne, and would in fact fist-bump him, if he were not dead. I in fact rather agree with Montaigne on every point in this essay, especially in his brief meditation on restitution, where he says it is morally inferior to make restitution after your death when compared to making amends while alive.

The insinuation is, of course, that while alive your repentance (and its suitable punishment) has a great worth to it, while when you are dead, of course you can no longer be punished, and thus any reparation you make rings rather hollow from a moral standpoint.

I again agree with this.

MONTAIGNE, GRR! -shakes fist- So much rightness!

As a college student from a middle-class family, I have many things, spare cash not among them.  But of all of those, the one I most treasure, (the one I won’t have to pay loans on) is my word.

And that’s pretty dandy.

Because so far this semester, anything I’ve said, I’m prepared to commit to several times over. My acting teacher would be happy. (Commitment is important!)  Homework, offers of assistance, random promises made in the middle of a conversation–all these things are noted, taken into account, and followed through on sooner or later.

And people are often surprised.

It would seem that in this day and age, it is less common to follow one’s word as though it were set in stone, and I for one view this as a diminishing of our culture.

[sidetrack: “Day and age?” That’s such an odd phrase. If you know what age it is, surely you don’t need to be specific about the day. And if you’re going to go so far as to list the date, then obviously from that we’ll be able to infer the age.]

This college seems to run on the honor system.

And I LIKE that. A LOT.

That is all.

[this post is exactly 900 words]

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