I’m trying to become a perpetual student. The advantages of this are getting to read and write and think and learn and argue a lot, with access to other perpetual students and libraries and databases and tea and coffee making facilities, and not being in much danger of being corrupted by money.
The main disadvantage as I see it at the moment is that it encourages you to do all that reading and writing and thinking etc without ever really acting on it, except with more reading and writing and thinking etc. As an arts student, it’s easy to learn very clearly what is wrong with the world and how hopeless it is to do anything about it, which is not really a nice place to be in.
I’m not really sure what I’m going to do about this problem, perhaps I’ll have to give up on my perpetual student goal and become a cobbler or something and do the thinking and arguing on the side, like Tolstoy. But I figure a good early step is to try and distribute my essays a little wider than just the lecturer who marks it. Maybe some other cobblers can do something with my thoughts, and maybe I can join them. Or maybe some other cobblers will help me realise that if I was out in the cobbling world I would see things a bit more holistically than I do in the perpetual student world. Or maybe other perpetual students can help me realise how stupid my thoughts are, and then we can amend them before any unsuspecting cobblers start taking them too seriously.
In any case, even if only a few people end up reading these essays, at least it’s more than just the lecturer… I spend a lot of time on these essays so it would be a shame if they went to waste, being only read by one person who probably knows it all already, and only cares enough to give it a mark and then move on to the next one.
So that’s basically the point of this blog so far – it means I can put all the essays I want to share in one place that isn’t Facebook, where there can be public discussions if people want to have them. I might eventually put other writings on here too… We’ll see.
Of course, if I am going to expect people to actually READ my essays, I’ll have to try and make them ‘interesting’ and ‘relevant’ – it would be great if this blog can somehow encourage that.
Anyway, does anyone know any cobblers? My shoe has a hole in it.