O-My Fragile Hart-O!

Life with a heart so fragile in His hands.

Month: March, 2014

This used to be me:

Solitude Thisisme

Holding on

To your Words
Like a child
On to Monkeybars

If I’d lose my grip
If my hands slipped
I’d fall

I can’t
Do that again
I have already


Fallen
Too many times
Into you.

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“Trust Me”

But trust is not for the weak                                                                       trust me
Mistrust is
In a river stream: you flow along
If you are weak you die
Only the strong survive.

“Love me”
But love is invisible
You can’t see it
Hence you cannot find it
And it is never enough.

“Hold me”
But you never know
How tight? How loose?
Holding on: was never the remedy
Letting go: always was.

How to be a Student of the Liberal Arts

5. Activities

Found student organizations and take part in flash mobs to support those dying in Arabic countries due to the Arabliberalartstheatre
Spring. Organize concerts for students by students and plays that will most likely end with naked people in order to create awareness for breast cancer. Don’t forget to visit lectures, movie nights and panel debates dealing with topics about modern slavery, worker rights, LGBT rights or right wing politics. Make notes on your Macbook, or Ipad about these issues as you shake your head in disbelief. If there is room for questions ask:

This is all very theoretical, but what can we as regular citizens and students do now to improve the situation with practical means?”

 

6. Friendships

social-interactionIt is also important for you to choose your friends wisely. Surround yourself with a couple of people from minorities in your friend circle. One gay, one lesbian, one bi-sexual, one black (Asian or Arabic might also do) and somebody coming from a communist country; Argentinians, Cubans or Chileans for these are where revolutions have taken place and you like revolutions. Overthrowing regimes is brave and beautiful. Ché Guevara needs to become one of the most inspiring people you know. All of these friends will serve as a help for you to broaden your horizon and as proof that you are anything but ignorant. Ask about their experiences of discrimination for being what they are. If you approach a black girl for instance, talk about your experience in anAfrican country you visited or volunteered in.

“I really love African food and culture!”

You will say as she tries to explain that she was born in a European country. Ask her if you can touch her hair. If she lets you, you will observe that it feels like wool and you will proceed to look at her with great admiration. When you are done tell her how much you envy the fact that she does not need to do anything in order to make her hair look the way it does. Talk to her about African corruption and after feeling comfortable then ask about female genital mutilation in order to see whether or not she has any experience with this. Ask her about racism but let her know that you are not a racist at all.

The white man who painted his face pitch black and contoured his lips with red color is nothing but a part of Dutch culture for ages now. It was never meant to be offensive.”

She will smile and you will feel like you have had a meaningful discussion. Interact in this manner with all the other minorities. Always state their difference in any conversation and let them know that you do not pay attention to that at all.

7. Social Interaction

Give everybody a big hug when you meet them for the first time. They will appreciate it. Talk about your project to build an orphanage in Azerbaijan but also listen with interest about what they might talk about. You might not be able to talk so long for you will see the next person that you saw at a student jam session for five minutes. Proceed to shout in glee because you saw him and give him an even bigger hug. He will appreciate it too. Don’t forget to be creative. Write poems, dance and sing. Your creativity must always contain social or political statements. However, also try to find something specific that others don’t do such as fire spitting or contact dancing. Also visit as many festivals as possible throughout the summer. If you are not into that try to visit a farm that grows only organic vegetables and live on this farm during your summer vacation so that you can learn how to cultivate your own food. At least here you know where it is coming from. 

8. What to eat: 

organic food

Speaking of food and vegetables, your diet needs to be organic and fair-trade as well. Fair Trade and Organic food need to be included into your personal ideology. Watch documentaries about the food industry in order to engage in conversations about how you are disgusted about food processing. Documentaries such as “Food Inc”, “Supersize Me” or “What’s on your plate” will help you find substantial arguments for the awareness of your diet. Proceed to becoming a vegetarian that eats fish every once in a while. In your whole life as a Liberal Arts Student, you must have tried the vegan lifestyle at least once. Share your experiences with others and let them know that life without cheese was simply not doable. Nevertheless, become obsessed about eating organic fruits and vegetables so that every once in a while, when you are in a supermarket with friends you can say things such as: “I don’t understand why there are so many people that refuse to eat organic. It simply is so much more healthy and worth the money.” After having said that, smile a sorry smile at the mother of five children whose cart inspired you to verbally express these thoughts. Yet be sure to be as relativistic as possible when it comes to any other ideology. Repeatedly state that there can be no one truth and that everything always depends on the context and the culture a certain people might find themselves in.

 

9. What to Look Like

When it comes to your style or outward appearance there is not much to say, make an effort in looking like you have put no effort at all into your outfit. Buy your vintage clothes from the flea-market or a second hand shop. It would be even better if you find the clothes lying around somewhere by coincidence. Also wear the clothes you brought back from your trip to India, Azerbaijan, or Morocco. People will compliment you for that and you will answer that you simply love the colors.

Speaking of India, Kenya and Morocco, try to travel as far as possible. You will have found a cheap flight for 20 travelEuros to one of these places and you will stay in another continent for 8-14 days. You can stay longer if you like but that is not necessary. Tunisia or Morocco will do. Try not to pay for the train but to hitch hike as much as you can in order to make the trip adventurous. You need to be able to bring stories back home of the man who tries to walk from France to Ethiopia.

 

 

10. The finishing block: 

At one point in time you will proceed to graduate. Here you will have several options. Firstly, you could apply for a postgraduate program as you always wanted to. However, keep it undefined and broad just like your undergraduate studies. Secondly, you can apply for unpaid internships in little NGO’s that focus on anything of your interest. Work with refugees might be something exciting enough to do. Thirdly, you can travel the world. Travel any country you like but don’t stay in the United States for too long. If you do then state that you have only spent some more time there to understand American ignorance and experience the beautiful nature. During your soul searching time you will figure out that you under no circumstances want to work in an office, museum or the like. So you will work in cafés or bars to gain just enough to survive, whilst you solve world problems that cannot be solved within the government.

Yes, following these guidelines will be hard. It is not easy to become a Student of the Liberal Arts. Many are called but not many are chosen. However, if you put enough effort into it, you will reach the point where you are the manifestation of the Liberal Arts student and you will see that it was worth it.

You were made for this.

How to be a Student of the Liberal Arts

headphones-music-photography-iphone-earbuds-485x7284. The Mus(e)ic:

Listen to music that nobody has heard of other than your circle of friends. The musician needs to create art for art’s sake instead of wanting to be successful in the music industry. Obviously you need to have attained a certain level of enlightenment in order to not only know, but to truly cherish and understand that artist.

‘(Insert name here) make real music! They are the muse of life, true philosopher kings; that’ s why nobody knows them.’

If you do happen to listen to music that many others listen to as well, make sure people consider them as legends. Bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Velvet Underground or Ray Charles would be adequate. Once you have found your favorite musician be sure to be an expert on this field. For many like the Beatles but not many know about the tracks they have never published. However, do not endorse Michael Jackson. He was too main stream and conrtoversial in a weird way.

How to be a Student of the Liberal Arts

3. What to read/Facebook:

When it comes to literature, make sure to read Foucault. His works on body politics, surveillance society and the Panopticon will be of particular interest for you. When conversing with others mention this book and speak about its accuracy. Use a practical example such as Facebook. Mention that you do not have Facebook because of the reasons specifically stated in Foucault’s ‘Discipline and Punishment’. Advise others to read 1984 by Orwell in order to understand that the first twenty pages you read of his dystopian literature were merely stating the facts.If you happen to have Facebook before you began your studies, make sure to say this:

‘Yes, I have Facebook, but I think about shutting it down every day. I am sick of this forced online transparancy and others should be too. I don’t understand the ignorance of people who post EVERYTHING about their lives!’

 Privatize all of your settings so that nobody can find out anything about you. Make sure your profile picture does not show your face but rather an animal or a quote. If you wish to show your face it has to either be dark,blurry, the photo upside down or you can only see half of your face and body. Have a Facebook quote. It should be from a philosopher. Not any philosopher however, you must choose the only one that people pay attention to, the one that was all about passion and creating your own life. The one who made clear that God is dead. The quote needs to state that you are valuing life as it is and living it to the fullest. Post something like:

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

 If this quote is taken by too many people choose a quote by Nelson Mandela. That always works.

All Along

silenceI knew :

you always answer loudly,

your fortissimo accompanied by thunder.

So when you were soundless

 

I yelled and

I punched and

I wept.

 

Yet your silence

was an invitation

for me

 

to close my eyes.

to rest in your quiet

 

All along.

How to be a Student of the Liberal Arts

 

liberalartsbild22. Your Academic Attitude:

After your interview with the dean of the university you would like to study at, rejoice about the fact that you have been accepted. After all, you were really nervous and practiced the interview various times with your parents or on your own. But when you are at the university, do not tell the others about how much work you actually put into the interview. Tell them that you have no idea why you were accepted. “I was talking nonsense all the time!” You should say. This is a habit you should uphold for the rest of the course of your study as well. Never let anybody know that you put work into your papers or assignments. Always look relaxed or confused about the tasks for the next lesson for your brilliance comes naturally and you don’t know why either.

Also do not forget to maintain a friendly relationship with your tutors and study advisers. Write them emails and also invite them for coffee. Pose questions about their personal life and career in order to show your interest in their field of work and to find a possible bachelor thesis supervisor.

How to be a Student of the Liberal Arts

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1. The Foundation Block:

When you decide what you would like to study, make sure that you choose something that lacks as much specificity as possible. The study program of your choice needs to cover all of your interests. If you like pottery for instance, try to find a university that offers such courses. It is important to hold on to your freedom to become whatever you want at any given point in time for as long as possible. When you have been accepted to the study program try to socialize as much as you can, but do it with a system. Engage in groups that focus either on environmental issues, social issues or on art. Also try to sign up for monthly newsletters from Amnesty International, Greenpeace as well as any LGBT rights organization. Your study program needs to be the leeway for you to later on conduct your PhD thesis with something like the following title:

The art of sculpturing as a means of mediation between genders during the middle ages.’

During your small-talk you must be able to then say things such as: “The dark middle ages were not as dark as they seemed.”