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Lacey Monk

Lacey Monk

  • A graduating senior at Cornell feels that "a lot of experiences have been stolen" from him.

    With a dyscomprehension of ownership so fantastic as what his comment betrays, and with the guaranteed right to the best of times still unlearned.

    With all that, I have to agree that it does seem he's missed

    A graduating senior at Cornell feels that "a lot of experiences have been stolen" from him.

    With a dyscomprehension of ownership so fantastic as what his comment betrays, and with the guaranteed right to the best of times still unlearned.

    With all that, I have to agree that it does seem he's missed out on a lot of experience. Which, whatever. He's getting away without it. Or, almost. Maybe.

    What's something everyone can't afford?

    Graduates at elite universities who feel a pandemic is stealing their final semester experience. What about the 7± previous semesters? Was that not "a lot of experience"? This person is about to be degreed by an Ivy League (or any reputable) university and, what he thinks, all that fine education later, is that he's having his experience as planned rained on by mortality. Well, that will be true eventually. Right now - this is a lot of experience. An awesome experience, frankly, with the other edge of how it always really is. This isn't a new reality. Reality is just more delicate and codependent with perception (folie à deux x 8 billion = uh) than it can seem all at once to anyone. Get it now before, my regular hope for coronavirus, it's gone. My great hope for coronavirus is that it does manage to steal a lot of innocence. Because, if we've endured, that informs how we think about it. Can't imagine is a cheap stand-in. How we think informs what we can actually think. What we actually think informs how quickly we can make good choices. So, it's my great hope the those people qualified by higher education to someday soon enough be those people who are making hard decisions. Like, toughen up. Quit roughing it.

    PS. This is a reaction to that example only, in the context framed by the article. Obviously! I don't know anything about the speaker or the context which compelled the statement.