While walking to campus to get a few things before work, I began thinking about my final speech at Alverno – my art gallery presentation. I am still rather bitter at Alverno’s art department.
It seems as though the authoritarian mindset is very highly valued. The idea that, because Prof. So-and-so is a professor, she must know what’s best for me, is a sick mindset that is praised because it surrenders autonomous thought. The value of the dollar isn’t the only thing that has been going down, the value of the idea has gone down. The worlds of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation”, Richard Adams “Watership Down”, Ayn Rand’s “Anthem” and “Fountainhead”, and George Orwell’s “1984” and “Animal Farm” are all correct. And the probability of those references not being understood only proves my point further.
The speech I would prefer to give at my final presentation would include something like this:
‘In “Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand, a brilliant architect explores new thoughts and theories in his field. His peer, who adheres strictly to the classics, though, exceeds far more in both funds and praise. The curious-minded architect gets few jobs and much ridicule. After many ordeals landing him in infamy, he disappears to a faroff quarry. The hard, physical, repetitive labor brings him to a world free of valued ignorance and numb minds – he is better able to flourish outside the coop of fools and the only way to do that is to work with only his hands. Upon my graduation, I am going to my own quarry. Aside from a few situations, most of the education I have received has occurred by my own hands; I will better be able to continue that path in a place devoid of harsh criticism for doing so.’
But I won’t give that speech because I would most likely receive a resounding FAIL! Empty-minded lip service gets one by more than bitter individual declarations.
To sum it up into a more understandable form:
You are most likely familiar the the Bible story of Jesus fasting in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. I’m Jesus, but I’ll be staying indefinitely and I’ll be free instead of fasting.