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school/paper [Apr. 24th, 2005|12:14 pm]
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So i'm working on my final paper for two classes (they are a linked course, one final paper for the both, combineing stuff i learned from both. 10-12 pages) It's a "synthesis paper" which means, really "write a paper including all the source materials used in the two classes. Pick a topic/theam that will weave them togeather.

I started with the idea of individual vs. society. Since I have started writing it, I have moved to the individuals role, roles of the self, etc. I'm now thinking about doing motivation, and what motivates people relateing it back to self-interest. Some of this springs from a disscussion I had a week ago with Shawn. People are inherantly selfish, and there really is no such thing as selflessness. No one, I repeat, no one, does anything and expects to get nothing out of it. Every deliberate action a person conciousely chooses to make is made to, in some way, benefit them. I firmly believe this.

This paper is not as easy to write as I thought it would be. Partially 'cause I have 15 different ideas on what to write, depending on which of the 16 things I choose to write about. Suggested topics are "mother culture" (which you will understand if you've read Ishmael), healing, "takers vs. leavers" (again, from Ishmael) but i really like the ideas I have around roles and the role of self and self-interest. I'm just haveing problems makeing it cohesive. I mean, I'm still at the point where I'm writing un-connected paragraphs, and well, I'm not sure I like my thesis anymore.

I dunno, mostly self-rambling, and I thought writing this out would help. Maybe it will in a few more minutes. This assignment either needs to be more open ended, or more specific. Either would do. My Cross Cultural professor use to just give the assignment "write about something that pertains to stuff you learned in this class." I could do that, if I didn't have the restrictions of tying all the material togeather. Conversely, if I was given a specific topic to write about to tie everything togeahter (and therefore, was confident that it all could be tied togeather through that topic) I could figure out how to do that. And I guess I could just pick something that was suggested, but I feel like i should beable to do something outside of that box (hense the idea of doing something that relates to self, or self vs society, or self-interest.) Hmmm... maybe I will write about boxes...


[User Picture]From: dariusk
2005-04-24 05:58 pm (UTC)
Every deliberate action a person conciousely chooses to make is made to, in some way, benefit them. I firmly believe this.

I used to believe this, but then I changed my conception of the self. I don't think that there exists a self as a single unit contained within our bodies; I think that the self is what's called "intersubjective"--basically, the unit of the self is a relation between two people. In other words, I can't have "me" without "you".
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