Tuesday, March 01, 2005

How it goes at old TSU-SM aka SWT

I am skipping around on reading between three books on natural law. It is rather intimidating having a direct readings course... all the focus is on you. If you are behind, the prof notices. Well, my prof has noticed I'm behind, so I am going to try to do catch up.

As I am reading through I realize that it would be rather benificial to know latin. For instance, I constantly see this recently:

ius naturale
lex naturalis
ius gentium

Okay, these are just a few. Now I believe that lex is law, ius is justice, and I for all I know naturale and naturalis are both nature. If anyone happens to know latin, maybe you can let me know if I am doing okay thus far. I am guessing that I'll just have to ask my prof next time I see him. Not real important. Its just a pain in the ass that they don't offer latin at Texas State.

I am just being reminded a few things that annoy me with this school. One being that I can't take classics(which would be a great minor if it were here).

Two being that even the profs tell me that in my area there will be few classes to benifit me. I'll basically have to do this on my own. Last night I was rather annoyed about being pulled away from my reading to go to class. Now that is pretty bad. But the reason is because it is a problems in international relations seminar class with 35 people in it, in other words a lecture class and boring. Now not all lecture classes are boring... I am thinking of three in particular. Two at A&M and one here. The one here was my military history prof that used the class for his examples on strategy on the battlefield, the first A&M prof I had would run around the classroom yelling (hard to fall asleep to that... plus funny), and the second A&M prof was my friend that I was sitting in on and he stole my coke in class for an example on Hobbes. But that is beside the point...

The last thing that I am annoyed with is the lack of general academic interest at this school... or at least around my area of the school. This university has an outstanding amount of little petite blond girls with their stupid muscle boys. I am reminded of an experience last semester when one of those muscle boys thought he could scare me into letting him pass through the profs attendance policy for a decent grade... thank God for sharing the office with three other guys. Now most of these people are in undergrad, but to my amazement several of them pass into grad school (I think it dumbs me... if using the word 'dumbs' is not proof enough). I do get along with several of the grad students here, and several of them are way over my intelligence(Neil for example). I don't want to insult them all. I'll just give you an example...

After class I was talking to this girl because I had missed the week before and needed notes. I tried to discuss what we were going over in class with her (Aristotle's Ethics). What did she do? She pulled out something equivalent to Cliffs notes... you know, I won't even continue. I have been bitching enough.

As I have stated at the first, I need to catch up. I wish I could post more sketches, but I am not doing that as much recently. Jess will put up more on her blog(Blog is a dumb name) when she has the poetry ready to go with it. So I will go back to my readings of what my brother refers to as 'ancient philosophy crap'(not direct quote, but was just said earlier this hour). So I will end with Aritotole, Book 10 of The Nicomachean Ethics(Wordsworth Classics edition)....

"It follows that the activity of God, which is transcendent in blessedness, is the activity of contemplation; and therefore among human activities that which is most akin to the divine activity of contemplation will be the greatest source of happiness".

4 comments:

Jessica said...

Basically you are wanting Phil to help you with latin...

el said...

Whatever... I need some way of learning these damned basic terms. I'm actually hoping my prof will help, but he's not responding to my emails... weird.

davestarr said...

Someone tried to threaten you into giving them a good grade? How brutishly stupid you should of reported him.

el said...

I did... needless to say I never saw the guy again, and he failed the class.