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“The transition from one order of life to another is not always accomplished by degrees, like sand running through an hour-glass, grain by grain. It is rather like water pouring into a jug floating on a stream. At first the water enters only from one side, slowly and steadily, but as the jug grows heavier it suddenly sinks rapidly and then takes in all the water it can hold.”
The following is a fictional foray into the mind of a killer. Inspired by last week’s massacre at Red Lake High School—the worst school shooting since Columbine in 1999—it contains strong language and some explicit content. Any resemblance to your own thoughts is purely coincidental.
The Duke Sudan Coalition faces an interesting dilemma. Students who disagree with DSC’s political lobbying hesitate to take up the same banner of human rights, against the genocide that has claimed nearly 300,000 lives in Darfur. Others, who may not disagree on policy, fail to back the initiative for a slew of reasons: disinterest, apathy or lack of information and time.
Amidst the fury of scattered postings on West Campus, an anonymous black-and-white flyer chanced across my view.
The language of culture obscures its limitations. From time seemingly immemorial, African Americans have fought within culture’s contradiction—to be oneself, and to be black. But there exist more nuances to the black community than the majority might think.
We hear it all the time, from birth to death, socialized (or deluded) to order the senselessness of our existence: This is right. That is wrong. Follow the path of righteousness and you shall find what you seek.
What the Democrats learned from Election 2004: The South and Midwest are Republican strongholds that must be penetrated in order to win the White House.
No one has life all figured out. Our most profound questions often seem unanswerable: How do we live well? How should we uphold our ideals? Which path will bring us wisdom? My impatient mind has raced through history searching for truth—is it in Thoreau? in Gandhi? in Seinfeld?
Moving minds, changing perception, provoking thought—these mantras have been my credo as an aspiring writer. Yet the last two weeks have demonstrated that a string of alphanumeric characters invokes a unique meaning for each reader, well beyond my control. Evidence and logic are matters of the mind; they mean little to the heart. I resort, instead, to my experience, which is all I have ever known.
You are not required to complete the work, yet you are not allowed to desist from it.
Physics: the fundamental science and ultimate source of technological innovation in our society, focused at the heart of inquiry about space and time. What Einstein called “the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.” With high scores for affricative value (ffffffiiiizzziiiixx!) and nerd quotient, it inspires the deepest of fears in the best of us. And its ranks are filled with the most boring, odd and quirky people you’ll ever meet.
Dave Chappelle is a genius. In a masterful comedy sketch from the first season of “Chappelle’s Show,” Chappelle plays a black white supremacist—whose blindness at birth prevents him from ever knowing his true colors. The character is shielded from the truth by fellow KKK members, who assert that he’s “too important to the movement.” Besides, they add, if he knew he’d probably kill himself.
Seek those who search the truth. Beware those who find it. —Unknown
To the Parents of the Class of 2008: Let the Learning Begin!
With the ushering in of Yalie Richard Brodhead as our next president, Duke is at a crucial juncture in its development as an institution of higher learning. On the heels of the fifth largest university fundraising campaign in American history and Nan's initiative to explore the quality of life for women in the community, Duke has renewed its commitment to both excellence and equality in higher education.
Guess what? It turns out "the racial gap" follows us to college, and even beyond that.
aSelf-segregation? It appears that segregation on campus is much more institutionalized than we think.
I have to admit: I'm not an outspoken advocate for interracial dating.
Education, which comes from the Latin educo, "to lead out," is the light that guides our society across time. Human beings are only able to progress as a people because each generation chooses to teach the next about the triumphs and failures of those that have come before. Education allows people to build on past successes, right historic wrongs and explore entirely different worlds. It can cure the problems of racism, disease, poverty and war. By any measure, all individuals who have succeeded in life have in some way been taught by someone else. And only through a strong commitment to education can the youth of today become the knowledgeable leaders of tomorrow--leaders passionate for and inspired by all that life has to offer.
I just don't understand what some Christians are thinking.