Ri An asked us to each name a medical condition observed in the film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. When it was my turn, I said “delusion”. Murmurs broke out in the class. Voices emerged and explained that delusion was not a medical condition, but a symptom. There was nothing else I had that hadn’t been said, so I admitted as such and passed the turn. I certainly did no favours to Sociology here in this NUS SC2211 tutorial class dominated by Nursing students.
Exam’s over; time to burn those notes!
A liberating experience surely, unless you have gone fully digital. Somehow sending bytes into recycle bins does not provide the same catharsis. But why do we want this release? Is this a rebuke of our education system? Is that a commentary on the modern appropriation of knowledge for the instrumental rationality of our productivity drives?
If so, I implore you to redirect your vengeance. Knowledge is worth keeping and passing on. And in Sociology (and Anthropology), the knowledge you gain is especially worth keeping and passing on. Their insights speak to individuals finding places within societies. Isn’t that what we do everyday, all our lives?
XYZ will be starting work at Google. Or Facebook. Or any of the names which have almost ceased to exist as brands, for they are ubiquitous in our everyday lives. When such status updates appear on your feed, how would you react? Chances are, you click the ‘wow’ emoji if not the ‘like’. I did, as did many others. But how do you feel inside? How do you make sense of yourself, in relation to this friend or acquaintance who used to breathe in some of the air you breathed out?
Textbook that’s heavy.
Paper that’s light.
Now, paper on top of textbook; let’s try this.
One, two – and three!
Plop goes the textbook – and paper. Pop goes my heart, because the Physics teacher then does something none of my ex-teachers are likely to have done… heck, most students couldn’t have done it either with his self-assuredness.