Call me Snowflake

Sup bro. I’m Chris, and I’m a college student at BSU. I work in the writing center on campus. It’s cool, but hard sometimes. I help people with writing papers for all sorts of classes. What’s cool about it is that you get to see what is important to a lot of different people. Some students come in with their comp and argument papers, and we talk about their opinions about current events or parts of everyday life. I talk to people from all over campus about their writing. One time, a guy came in with a paper about space programs in America. I thought the topic was pretty lit, and it made our conversation really interesting. I’m not an expert in biology or chemistry, but I’m always curious about science. Of course, you always have those moments when you connect with someone else while you’re talking about writing, too. This one chick brought in a dope paper about labor practices for the Rio Olympics. Somehow we started talking about winter sports. She was a huge fan of Shaun White, and she loved snowboarding. I told her I was a snowboarder too, and that I made a trip out to Washington a few years ago to shred powder on Crystal mountain. Conversations like that are great, because it makes my job really chill and helps other students feel comfortable in the writing center. I hope to take the stuff I learn working in the center and apply it to everything I do in the future.

Introduction to a Philosophy Student

I’m a Philosophy student, and what interests me most about this discipline is the branch that deals with theories about beauty, which is commonly referred to as Aesthetics. The reason Aesthetics interests me, and is more likely to interest others, is that it deals with art, which is a product of human culture that practically everyone indulges in. Art is pleasurable, and often times relates to our own subjective everyday experiences. For me at least, this makes studying Aesthetics far more appealing than Epistemology (study of knowledge) or Ontology (study of being), which are branches of Philosophy that can become too abstract rather quickly. Unfortunately, I do not possess a lot of knowledge concerning Aesthetics, but what I have read has encouraged me to think about art and beauty in meaningful ways. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argues that since the time of the Ancient Greeks, there have been two opposing aesthetic forces driving artistic production: The Apollonian and the Dionysian. The Apollonian force is the epic force, Homer’s force, concerned with images, dreams, and something called "the state of individuation." The Dionysian force is a primordial fascination with existence, the realization that the self is illusory, the blending of boundaries, and the breaking of individual barriers. It is Nietzsche’s position that these two artistic energies have two opposing objectives. However, in the form of the plays of Sophocles and Aeschylus, Nietzsche argues that these two forces unite to create tragedy. I think there is a degree of truth to Nietzsche’s arguments, and it's always interesting to read Aesthetic philosophy because it relates to the types of activities that deeply interest us and give meaning to our useless lives, such as: music, painting, stories, dancing, movies, and many other activities that occupy our free time.

Hypocritical Environmental Ethics Bully

For whatever reason, my diet is sort of important to me. When I was eighteen years old, I adopted a vegetarian diet. Originally this decision was based on my mildly irritating experiences with chewy or gritty portions of meat. It was also partly based on a friendship I had with a vegetarian, and definitely not based on ethics. After three years of consistent vegetarianism, I suddenly remembered how good sushi tasted, and I converted to pescetarianism over night. Right now, I guess I’m okay with being pescetarian. A lot of vegetarians and vegans like to talk about the suffering of animals as an incentive for their dietary choices as if they’re spokespeople who have obtained a deep insight into the suffering of other creatures; advocating for an ethical driven agenda, ridiculously hellbent on eradicating the existence of suffering among all life on earth. Many meat eaters that I’m acquainted with whine about how good flesh tastes, and ignorantly defend their habits by invoking the supremacy of man. We are a species that should take what is ours, they say, because of our evolutionary superiority. I’m interested in what you think about the human diet. A recent argument I’ve heard for veganism is that the meat industry as we understand it now is not sustainable because it is a significant contributor to climate change. The methane produced by cows makes up for something like 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere. So even if you're a meat consumer who cares little for the poor little cowies and chickies and all the wittle anwimals all over the place, the meat industry is partially obstructing the survival of our species on planet earth, which means consuming meat is unethical if you value human life.
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