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higher ed, Dylan, Hegel

At long last have I found something to blog on. My inner masochist just loves economic bleakness. The theme creates a strong separation in the fed individual and his opposite.

Are graduate students fed? Yes, I am. I just ate a Bruegger's bagel and six egg whites with green tea.

I do have debt, however. In fact, I need a real job in order to pay said debt.

In the richest country in the history of the world, there just ain't enough money to go around, is there? Ironic, huh.

Here's what instigated these thoughts:
And those able to find jobs — even jobs at relatively wealthy universities — are increasingly likely to suffer economically because of the way graduate education is financed, according to Lillian Guerra, assistant professor of Caribbean history at Yale University.

Institutions like hers and a few others, she said, are able to provide solid packages to graduate students. But at most other places — especially public universities — “officially fully financed” doesn’t really mean fully financed, she said, or it doesn’t if you want to pay for food. Guerra earned her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and finished up with $105,000 in debt, which she’s managed to bring down to $38,000 by spending about one-third of her salary on loan repayment.

Within academe, she said, senior professors consider it “gauche and strictly taboo” to talk about such economic realities. But those senior academics and administrators who think that their junior faculty members are well paid may not have much of a sense of how much debt takes away from their standard of living. It is “insanely demoralizing,” Guerra said, “to live like a graduate student years after being a graduate student.”
Ah, so true. A gem for those who have read with my down to here : my wife and I combine, friends, for a total debt in excess of $72,000. In the face of this, I laugh, for indeed was I born into the land of milk and honey; no soil as rich as that of Iowa's save the Ukraine. As graduate student, I work for kudos, not money, and point out that a brilliant metaphysician (GWF Hegel) once said:
The first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters and talents; and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions and interests are the sole spring of actions.
And (misterskank, you'll like this one):
The heart-throb for the welfare of humanity therefore passes into the ravings of an insane self-conceit, into the fury of consciousness to preserve itself from destruction; and it does this by expelling from itself the perversion which it is itself, and by striving to look on it and express it as something else.
After all, the poet (B. Dylan) says:
Well, they burned my barn, they stole my horse
I can't save a dime
I got to be careful, I don't want to be forced
Into a life of continual crime
I can see for myself that the sun is sinking
How I wish you were here to see
Tell me now, am I wrong in thinking
That you have forgotten me?
...
Got a brand new suit and a brand new wife
I can live on rice and beans
Some people never worked a day in their life
Don't know what work even means
Well, better get going. Wife says I should "keep a schedule."


(from Andy Warhol)
 
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