Thursday, August 27, 2009

St John's - In Decline!!

Serves them right for not hiring me! You reap what you sow, you egg-headed bunch of losers! My classes at Iona are full to the rafters, so SUCK ON THAT!

Ahem.

That was, of course, Evil Kim from the Star Trek (TOS) episode "Mirror, Mirror." He has a really sweet-looking goatee and he overpowered me to seize control of the Blogotron 2000.

Well, no, actually, that was the Bitter, Middle Aged Kim. You'll be seeing a lot of him until Old Kim shows up. Then Dead Kim. But he won't blog so much. I don't think. But you never know.

And Bitter Middle Aged Kim came out of his cage, because nothing says, "You're a pathetic worthless excuse for a human being, you've achieved nothing in your life professionally and why don't you go steam some milk at Starbucks for eight bucks an hour and tell people your ideas on 17th century French philosophy," quite so eloquently as being rejected by your alma mater - THREE F'IN TIMES. Sort of like if your mom got drunk and told you that you're only here cause the rubber tore, and she always liked your sister better. Quite a bit like that, actually.

Well, anyway - times are tough. But, deep down, all bitterness aside, I hope the ideal of St John's will always live on. It should. Napoleon derided Britain as a nation of shopkeepers and thought they'd never fight. Hitler thought we were materialistic cowards, too, and we'd never fight. (I'm 99% sure the "boy lovers" line about the Athenians in 300 is 100% madeup, but it's the same accusation that a people has gone "soft" by valuing only pleasure and material prosperity.) There is something to valuing things other than material goods that makes a people vital and potent - one fights for values and ideals, and not just stuff. So, alma mater, long may you thrive, keeping our minds and souls lifted, as your neighbors across King George Street keep our shores safe from more direct, physical threats. I'll look at you from afar and think of how the cruel, stepmother world makes us who we are, Ishmaels all of us.

4 Comments:

Blogger Matt Cardin said...

Nicely said, sir.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hear, hear. And to further boost the value of liberal ed, although my nephew is attending that institution across the street from St. John's, he's majoring in English. Extra heroic!

8:51 PM  
OpenID sabledrake said...

Tim and I both applaud and approve the sentiments of Bitter Middle-Aged Kim.

Also, the goatee is hawt. :)

-- C.

11:25 AM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

Hawt! I love it.

And I was thinking this morning - as different as SJC and her neighbor, they both attract people who are interested in something other than making money. And that's a pretty big similarity, really, in the big scheme. So long may they thrive!

9:59 AM  

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