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The Uselessness of Freedom

I sincerely hope that you remember this line. How can we avoid such a tragic scenario? For graduates of Fudan University, I believe that one was is by keeping the unofficial school motto in mind. The prerequisite for freedom is its uselessness. In discussing the concept of ‘uselessness’ in 2017 I said something to the effect that the ‘uselessness’ of Fudan is not that of [the third-century BCE Taoist thinker] Zhuangzi, who spoke about the uselessness of the serrate oak [or ‘Tree of Heaven’, 樗樹 chū shù, from which nothing utilitarian could be made] and commented that ‘Axes will never shorten its life, nothing can ever harm it. If there’s no use for it, how can it come to grief or pain?’ [as translated by Burton Watson]. Rather the ‘uselessness’ about which I’m talking about here is that of Immanuel Kant who reasoned that humanity was an end in itself [something related to his views on ‘Ding an sich’] and not merely a tool to be used for some other purpose.
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7 days ago by tolkien
Florida high school valedictorian barred from giving speech honoring her immigrant parents
People here in Central Florida lament the “brain drain” from talented students who leave the land of hospitality-based, dead-end jobs upon completion of their studies. We are ranked one of the worst places to live for young people, so the skilled and educated tend to leave for other places where higher education is promoted and science is respected.
For some reason, places like that always seem to have a lower degree of bigotry and a higher quality of life. For many areas in Central Florida, unfortunately, we have the opposite. This is likely why Trump is kicking off his re-election bid in my backyard:
After I explain what happened to the top graduate from University High School last week, you’ll get a clearer picture of what I mean. I think it’s safe to say that when she’s ready to start accepting job offers, she’ll cross this area off her list.
On what was supposed to be her day and a celebration of her many accomplishments, Kriya Naidu was barred from speaking—and then insulted.
She was the freaking valedictorian. She had a weighted 5.5 GPA.  She was supposed to give a speech, and that speech she submitted was reviewed and approved.
The speech, which I will play for you in full below, honored her parents’ experience as immigrants and gave a quick nod to the many challenges faced by new immigrants. To be clear, there was absolutely nothing “inflammatory:” nothing about the overt hatred her parents faced, nor any reference to the current immigration tragedy with thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents or babies being put in cages. It was just a few lines of an inspirational tribute put into a 3-minute speech that quoted a line from Hamilton: “Immigrants, we get the job done.”
Can’t have that, I guess.
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21 days ago by rgl7194
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Need the perfect gift for a curious kid?
Give them a copy of “What If?” by Randall Munroe
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4 weeks ago by tolkien
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“Before you act, . Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criti…
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4 weeks ago by tolkien
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Congratulations  to the Xavier University of Louisiana graduating Class of 2019! 🎓
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6 weeks ago by jonvoss
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Here’s my story on getting rejected from jobs 100x after . Keep going.
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7 weeks ago by dtomoff
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This has just been a day full of excitement, momentum, and inspiration!
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8 weeks ago by tolkien
Planning a Graduation Party
If your child is graduating soon, this is excellent news! However, this time of the year can be hectic as well. You have a lot to consider.
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