Though woe really is not I. Have I ever said I have some of the most awesome friends? Well, it's true. Imagine a number of U2 puns here. Who needs movies or television or face-to-face human interaction when there's my friends page and insane LJ spammery?
Now on a totally random note, I am going to use this entry to remember a little snippet of what shall be included in the valedictory speech I have to write for English within the next seven (preferably two) days. To clarify a reference, back in grade eight, I wrote a speech on the topic of 'surviving school' for the 2000 version of the speech competition in which I participated last night. I still consider it the best speech I have ever written, even though I've lost the transcript of it; one of my best memories from school is presenting it to the entire grade and causing them all to laugh. I was thoroughly stumped as to what to write for the valedictory speech, and then I remembered Surviving School and all suddenly became clear. Now without further ado, the snippet I wish to remember that I could save on Word but for which I do not wish to create a whole file. My computer filing system is madly cluttered as it is. Actually, I guess that was further ado. Oh well! NOW without further ado, the snippet!
The one thing I did not consider when I wrote Surviving School was how one could fail to survive. It's not as if school literally kills people. When was the last time you heard of a school sprouting legs, marching to a student's house, and beating the poor person to a bloody pulp?
For the valedictorian speech, we have to give some mention to concepts of success (personally, in society, and in the school), and so we have been reading thoughts of various people in society about what constitutes success in their opinion. What has most alarmed me is the appalling circular logic perpetrated by some.
Some scans from a couple of handouts to prove my point!
Don't you just love circular logic? To be successful, you must achieve your goals, your primary goal is to find the purpose of life, the purpose of life is to be successful, and to do that you must achieve your goals - and, in doing so, become lost in circular logic.
Both I feel contain circular logic, and both ignore the crucial point that concepts of success are highly personal. What to me is a gloriously successful achievement might mean diddlysquat to you; a success in my life is determining an awesome setlist flow (Last Night On Earth/Zoo Station/Acrobat/Until The End Of The World/New Year's Day), but that probably means nothing and is thoroughly inconsequential to the vast majority of people reading this. The key to success is not some circular logic rambling on about leading successfully, and I don't think any one person can make an absolute, authoritative statement on what success is (except perhaps in a Christian context). It's far too individual.
I also love this logic that strives to raise everyone to be a leader. Well, if each person is a leader, who are they meant to lead? One another? But is a leader led? Well, no, because then they are a follower. Does a leader co-operate? Perhaps, but if each person is a leader and all are co-operating, then are any of them leaders at all, or are they all equal in co-operation?
It's quite simple, really. NOT EVERYONE CAN BE A LEADER. A society full of people raised to be leaders is thoroughly undesirable. Each person will be trying to head in their own direction and the whole fabric of the place will be ripped apart. Each person will be exerting their influence upon others trying to exert their influence, personalities will clash, disputes will rage, and all the leaders will bring shame to their titles. There have to be leaders and followers, and the followers should be in the majority. It's unrealistic and unreasonable to raise everyone to lead. Some are meant to follow, and there's no shame in that. The stigma in society that only leaders are successful is a very sad, unnecessary, and fallacious one. After all, I thought "the greatest among you shall be a servant" and "the first shall be last and the last shall be first."