Monday Aphorism: Why Not Rich?


The academic counterpart of the query: if you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? If… why aren’t you at Harvard or Cambridge? That is, if… why are you here? Transpose! The obverse: you are here, thus you are not there, thus you are not so smart; not good enough to… A decline into a distrust of self, the definition of quality sliding into the same distrust. The quality of judgment, gone. Are there others who can help us? We need help! We beseech. “Hello! Will you come here and help us! We are not good enough to judge well. Will you help us? Why are we calling you? Because you are smart and rich… and you are not here. Will you come here and help us? No? You fear that you will become like us, once you are here? No, that is not true. You are there, you are worthy. You ask how we can judge that calling you is good judgment, if we have no good judgment?” A good question! A good question?

  • Mike Stucker

    This makes me chuckle. Seriously this is one of my favorite web pages. The word flow is great! Common Dreams usually has interesting world events as well. Click on it to the left.

  • Mike Stucker

    This makes me chuckle. Seriously this is one of my favorite web pages. The word flow is great! Common Dreams usually has interesting world events as well. Click on it to the left.

  • Why not rich? Why not at Harvard or Cambridge? The question continues to arise – for me, especially – with students who are taking my course on “teaching as dialogue.” It is an “unusual” course in the context of increasing Power Point lecturings which “tell” more than they attempt to teach.
    I sense, from some students, that their teacher (me/I) cannot possibly be up to this task, if I am at my University of Minnesota. If I could, really, I’d be someplace else – or in another time – not here, not now.
    Some of this derives from Nietzsche who didn’t get much published till after he was dead: he thought he’d be a “posthumous” author. And he was – and very famous – but not in his lifetime.
    “Ahead” of my time? A posthumous author? A teacher who might actually be able to “inspire” the future of one’s students?
    Yet, here I am! Up to the task or truly being a teacher?
    More to the point! Do I truly “trust” myself – honestly, with integrity? Not easy, but certainly challenging.

  • Why not rich? Why not at Harvard or Cambridge? The question continues to arise – for me, especially – with students who are taking my course on “teaching as dialogue.” It is an “unusual” course in the context of increasing Power Point lecturings which “tell” more than they attempt to teach.
    I sense, from some students, that their teacher (me/I) cannot possibly be up to this task, if I am at my University of Minnesota. If I could, really, I’d be someplace else – or in another time – not here, not now.
    Some of this derives from Nietzsche who didn’t get much published till after he was dead: he thought he’d be a “posthumous” author. And he was – and very famous – but not in his lifetime.
    “Ahead” of my time? A posthumous author? A teacher who might actually be able to “inspire” the future of one’s students?
    Yet, here I am! Up to the task or truly being a teacher?
    More to the point! Do I truly “trust” myself – honestly, with integrity? Not easy, but certainly challenging.