I can't believe how fast time is flying. It feels as if I just said goodbye to my parents and now it's almost going to be a week since I landed in Ithaca.
Out of all the lectures we had so far, today's had to be the most interesting. Our topic of interest today was Plato and since I had background knowledge on Plato thanks to my AP Language and Composition teacher, Mr. Litvin, it made Professor Kramnick's talk all the more engaging. Every time I read Plato, I always discover something new, and Plato is starting to become one of my favorite philosophers -- partly because many of his ideas are so impractical in today's world. Just to offer a snippet of the ideal world according to him, Plato suggests that there should be no ownership at all in a community. All children will belong to everyone so that there would be no personal family ties and there would be a joint sense of family within a community. Like many of you, I also irked at this idea, but it's so interesting to find out how Plato can think so unconventionally in a rather traditional country, Greece.
|Greek Salad, Veggies, Zucchini Fritters, and Flat Bread. Yum!|
Soon enough, it was time to go back to the lecture room for the guest presentation by an Ithaca attorney, Ray Schathler. Because US and Germany were playing in the World Cup during this presentation, Mr. Schathler would let us check the scores periodically to check on the fate of the US soccer team. Now, shifting the focus back to the lecture. Honestly, this was one of the most moving and greatest presentations that I have ever heard. He started off by handing us all pocket constitutions and made us read aloud the fifth amendment, otherwise known as the right to privacy.
But the most important thing I was able to take away from this discussion was an answer that Mr. Schathler said to a question by a student in my class. The student's question went aomething like this: "Our TA said that a lawyer isn't a good profession to have. What do you feel about this?" To this question Mr. Schathler responded, "You have to follow your passion. If you're not true to yourself or your passion, you've already lost the first step to your future." This was so influential to me. I know that whatever I choose to do with my life, the main reason should be because I love it. Right now, I'm still on the look out for this passion and I'm hoping for it to strike sometime very soon.
|A rather healthy snack as opposed to the junky dorm food.|
|The computer lab surrounding us.|