apparently, people contract insanity in spring

here’s this, from a student’s paper:

 ‘The pathetic fallacy is a term that uses nature to express the characters or their emotions.’

this somewhat makes me wonder (annually) about what i am actually doing there at the uni. maybe i should use some nature to express my emotions. such as birches. or that would be fallacy.

i, too want to be expressed as a character. through nature, whatever that might be. or at least respected – people do respect nature, don’t they?

i’d like to be a … large apple tree in a meadow, all happily in blossom, bees and everything, and green leaves and apples to grow. or a chunk of grass, verdant in the approaching sun, with the promises of deeper green, and pale yellow as the summer progresses irretrievably. or a wind, running free, through the cherry-blossom, and dry gravel roads, and woods fragrant with pine and susurrus of green leaf of all shapes and sizes.

but i am me. the person who insignificantly reads something that people who do not care call research papers. who wastes time on incongruences, and feels bad about it. why should i care, really. but i do.

apparently most of what i do (do notice the feeble attempt at hedging) is a fallacy. with no truth-value whatsoever.

and so, i am a fake, at the beginning of spring.


4 thoughts on “apparently, people contract insanity in spring

  1. hug. we are all fakes. in the beginning of spring or otherwise.

    cheer you up with a little PKD quote?
    “You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.”

    • of course, Baudrillard wrote about this in his Simulacra, specifically mentioning the universities as a form of it.
      nevertheless, i cannot help but notice the exponential growth of non-content in education and its byproducts. maybe it is also linked with my mediaeval-ness and the fact that in the current culture people mature comparatively late in life.

  2. “…maybe it is also linked with my mediaeval-ness and the fact that in the current culture people mature comparatively late in life.” You probably don’t want to say anything more about that, or you would have, but if you’d like to expand upon it I’d be interested. Because I’d’ve said the opposite. Of course, physically, we mature earlier, but I blame that one growth hormones fed to cattle that many people eat (though not I) — but you are nothing thinking of physically, you are thinking of our emotional and intellectual growth, if I’m reading you right. And I’d’ve said we’re rushing that, as well.

    • The answer to this is worth a separate post. I promise you that one day. In brief – I calculate the level of maturity by the years over amount of responsibility a person takes upon themselves. What the after WW II generation was accomplishing at 16, the generation of now reaches at 26… or thereabouts. I need to do some graph drawing to make it look well, and do some calculations to get it some force, but that is how it looks to me here. Of course, the US might be another game altogether.

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