Struggling to Kindle Minds in the Amherst Bubble
Issue   |   Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:27

Many of us pursue greatness — or at the very least, happiness — and we feel that getting a higher education will aid us in this goal. However, lately I have been feeling that the deluge of homework and essays we get every week is suppressing the potential innovation many of us are capable of. We seem to be pursuing grades rather than an education, for there seems to be no time to educate ourselves properly; time has become our enemy. Answer this honestly: When was the last time you stopped and looked at the view of Memorial Hill for more than two minutes, contemplating the wondrous existence of our species? We are not allowed to sit down and reflect, to ponder our choices (peer- and course-wise, for example). Our minds are becoming lazy and our thought processes seem stunted, as we only grow to care about our grades or the necessity of cramming information the night before the test — we just want to “be done with it.” Some people certainly do balance their activities and schoolwork, eventually getting their desired education, but there are also people who are still searching for their passion; and unfortunately, to a large extent, they are allowed to delve into their most likely passion rather than explore other possible passions, for they are bound by time.

By nature, we are adrenaline-seeking creatures, but diurnal activities (classes, doing homework or reading in the library) seem to seep into the fantasy we have of experiencing the world, of, as Jason Silva would say, “[engaging] the senses, [awakening] the mind’s attention from the lethargy of custom and the film of familiarity, and [redirecting] it to the wonders of existence.” We become impatient with lived life, unable to satiate that adrenaline thirst. Moreover, knowledge of the world beyond Amherst becomes elusive, for there is only time to study, do a few extracurricular activities, and sleep (should you be able to get those coveted eight hours of sleep). Finding time to read the newspaper, to talk to people at night without feeling horrible in the morning or to enjoy a cup of coffee with a good read is a challenge. We live inside our “Amherst bubble,” mainly talking about this course or that party, alienated from the outside struggles of every day. Personally, for example, I am not able to learn about what is going on in Egypt. Oddly, my home has become a foreign place, and Amherst has become a fortress.

I believe that time should be a companion, providing continuous moments for self-development. Yet we are straying from experiencing lived life — gradually, through the day, we become automatons. I am not complaining about the workload, for I chose to be here, knowing that Amherst is academically rigorous.

Maybe Amherst will not change the way courses are taught and homework is assigned, but we should all try to believe in a more brilliant world, for, as Alan Harrington wrote in “The Immortalist,” “We must all remain uncompromising child voyagers, [retaining] a child’s eye view of what might be.” I wish our college would aid us, for sometimes we are too tired to even open our eyes.

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