“I have a million things to talk to you about. A million things we have to talk about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning.”—Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (via sheenalala)
“Love is a funny thing. You expect it to be easy. You expect it to be a world of roses and laughs and perfect moments that you find only in movies. You expect him to always say the right thing, and always know exactly how you feel, or exactly how to react to it. You expect him to calm you down when you’re yelling or to chase you when you run away. You expect so much that you feel entirely, and utterly defeated when something doesn’t exactly match up with all your plans. But that’s the thing, love isn’t a plan. It doesn’t have a certain beginning and it certainly has no end or visible finish line to those deeply in it. Love happens, and it is so incredibly messy.”—Definition of Love (Andrew Landon)
“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”—The Time Keeper (via wordsthat-speak)
“The secret of attraction is to love yourself. Attractive people judge neither themselves nor others. They are open to gestures of love. They think about love, and express their love in every action. They know that love is not a mere sentiment, but the ultimate truth at the heart of the universe.”—Deepak Chopra (via slychedelic)
“I only ask of you 3 things. That you may never steal, lie or cheat. But if you must steal, steal away my sorrows. And if you must lie, lie with me every night of my existence. And if you must cheat, then cheat death, for I can’t imagine living my life without you.”—Unknown (via perfect)
“No matter how good things are, there will always be solitary nights you spend in your bedroom, in a car, or in a party full of your closest friends when it feels like the walls are caving in.”—Dan Campbell (via t0xicfairies)
“Sometimes I wish I could go back in time, sit down with myself and explain that things were going to be okay, that everybody loses ground sometimes and it doesn’t mean anything. It’s the way life works. This is hard to understand in the moment. You get to thinking about the girl who rejected you, the job you got fired from, the test you failed, and you lose sight of the big picture — the fact that life has a beautiful way of remaking itself every few weeks.”—
“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”—Henry Miller (via larmoyante)
“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I’d hoped to give you forever.”—The Notebook (via psych-facts)
During the age of Facebook, and of virtual hyperealities, teaching literature is underdeveloped, but the most valuable. The lack of technological adaptation is not a threat, but a challenge to the teacher of literature. Technological advancements and lack of educational budget puts literature teachers at challenging points, favoring teachers who share their knowledge in the technical fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine. But considering this inevitable fact, literature teachers address the challenge by proving themselves worth it. Time comes when students realize that the most valuable knowledge they have ever known originates from literature.
Consider this: Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, widely known as STEM, are where majority of the parents prefer to put their children because doing so does not make them wait a few more years to reap the fruits of their “investment” to their children. Their stereotypical judgment on technical course – that it will always leads to gaining instant money on their side – is a disappointing thought, which sometimes forces a student to study a course that does not interest him or her.
With the acronym sounding like the working backbone of everything, being the center of what we consider as the real world we call the corporation, we refer to them as the STEM. As what colloquial terms dictate engaging into those STEM courses is the only way to grow in an island, which is untrue.
With parents experiencing pressure to pay for their bills and settling their needs in life, the pleasure of studying is eclipsed by pressure. This has a long-term impact on the number of literature graduates teaching literature courses, which puts a University at the edge of becoming just a machine capable of producing graduates inclined in gaining money in the corporate world. On the other hand, we could not just imagine a University without liberal arts.
We could never imagine a school not teaching humanities and literature. On the other hand, disregarding literature courses will break the chain of academia practically in any University majors. It is like a bottle without soda or an ocean without water. It is like eating a chicken sandwich without chicken, like a body without soul.
Studying literature is different, much more when one teaches it. Technical courses provide a yardstick difficulty to the students and they teach to mold the students, which aims to generate uniform actions like a factory. In any given college major, may it be in STEM or Liberal Arts, what gives shape to anybody and provides distinction is the teacher of literature. Without a teacher in literature, studying in a University or in any schools will be boring and meaningless. Teaching literature is like reshaping an otherwise considered unchangeable and stiff. It is how one tames a wild beast. Engaging a student to various forms of literary works whether it is local or international is life-changing. Engineers having knowledge of Virgil, nurses with The Fish Hair Woman mean that they are not only having superficial lives, but the soul which is capable of changing other people’s lives.
Seeing the horizon of the future of literature and its teaching in the modern world, one might further ask, still, is there a space for a teacher to hold on to? Provided that everyone does need University education, yes, and we also want to gain money after graduation, and the corporate world is waiting for us, and there is a need for teachers of literature, is there a need for a teacher in literature in the digital age?
n. a recurring thought that only seems to strike you late at night—an overdue task, a nagging guilt, a looming and shapeless future—that circles high overhead during the day, that pecks at the back of your mind while you try to sleep, that you can successfully ignore for weeks, only to feel its presence hovering outside the window, waiting for you to finish your coffee, passing the time by quietly building a nest.