As promised in yesterday's blog, here I am again to inform you about my first day adventures in class (Cornell's renowned Freedom and Justice summer course by Professor Kramnick). For today's blog, I'd thought it would be nice to stick with my adventures in class as other events are becoming quite habitual -- eating, sleeping, and walking. I'm sure you're getting tired of these activities as much as I am.
|Finally found the building amidst all the construction.|
|Some of the notes I took for the day. Still working on perfecting my note-taking skills.|
Our impromptu writing question was "According to you, what is freedom?" To answer this question, I took the rather unconventional route. I had argued that there is no such thing as total freedom and structured my essay around this claim. For evidence, I had used the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln and argued how even though slaves in America were freed after the Civil War, discrimination in the form of Black Codes were still persistent. Also, though you may be completely "free," even if there aren't laws or rules governing your actions, you still aren't free of your conscience. Your conscience helps decide what's right and what's wrong. So technically your mind for the most part prevents you from making morally unjustifiable decisions. Hence, since I took this nontraditional route of attacking this question, I was able to add to the discussion by offering new and unique ideas to the table. And because of this, I was able to make myself stand out in the crowd and hopefully was able to make a good impression in the discussion session.
I'm really excited for this class as I'm not only learning about philosophy or history, but also how the world around me is shaped around those two fields. Though I generally consider myself a math and science kind of person, I am very glad I stepped outside my comfort zone and took this class because I'm expanding my horizons and receiving great experience by contributing during discussions and by learning to take proper notes during lectures.
|Walked to the Cornell Store after class to get souvenirs.|