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1. I LOVE BEING A STUDENT!
I think that's one reason that I love being a Catholic. There's always another layer to explore.
There is so much to know!
We're reading The Odyssey in Epic Poetry. And I had forgotten what a good story it is. You know sometimes, studying something closely takes the fun out of a story. But this is my second brush with Odysseus in my college career. I read a translation two years ago that clanked along like the ghost of Jacob Marley.
This one, however, (Penguin Classics, Fagles translation, Kindle Edition) is really nice.
It reads smoothly and well. Its true to the sense of the entertainment value of the story. I like it.
1) For the brain exercise. My brain aches when I leave class. I think this is a good thing.
2) for the entertainment value of hearing a good tale, told well.
"Justice: How then shall we live?"
(cue eye roll from me) I'll tell you: I grew up Catholic through the 1980's and the word "justice" has always left a sour taste in my mouth. I think in many cases it was misappropriated to defend things that are not just. But this week, I think I may I discovered why it bugs me so much: no one has ever defined it for me.
And more to the point, I've never defined it for myself.
That's the challenge of Republic. Socrates is tasked with defining Justice and then defending Justice over Injustice. Interesting reading ensues.
"Though he does no injustice, he must have the greatest reputation for it, so that his justice may be tested full-strength and not diluted by wrong-doing and what comes from it. Let him stay like that unchanged until he dies—just, but all his life believed to be unjust."
6. The Didache
It's straightforward, easy to find on the web and worth the time to read it.
We covered this on the day of The March for Life. The Professor got to the first spot where the Didache specifically prohibits abortion and infanticide and says:
"So, particularly on this day, when we commemorate so many deaths to abortion, for people who say, that Church made that up later: that's hogwash. Here it is: sometime between 70-150 A.D.".
7. Back to that learning curve thing...
While knowing some of the science behind why things behave the way they do is pretty cool, some things can't be (and shouldn't) be reduced to a formula.
And, as it is currently 0 Degrees outside at the moment,
Even though I really love being a student,
I'm currently wishing that they'd call off school this morning.