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The Absurdity of Life: Dissonance in Sub specie aeternitatis

By June Hyunjoo Seong, V Form

The Absurdity of Life: Dissonance in Sub specie aeternitatis

One often falls upon the conviction that their present moment is absurd or the composite of the absurdity of moments makes their life absurd. In that this overwhelming conviction has and does consume a great majority of man, the conclusion has been made that life, as in the entirety of earthly existence, might be absurd. When one comes to view this conclusion on a more particulate basis, during which the conviction of the majority is dismantled, one can see the obvious discrepancy between the state that is life and the absurd that is the conviction in contention. (more…)

A Whole Universe Is Out There with Bigger Stuff To Deal With Than My Broken Phone

By Natalie Novak, VI Form

 

A Whole Universe Is Out There with Bigger Stuff To Deal With Than My Broken Phone

Editors’ Note: This is Natalie’s chapel speech, spoken to the community on 29 January 2016.

Sarah: A reading from Life of Pi by Yann Martel

“I saw my suffering for what it was, finite and insignificant, and I was still. My suffering did not fit anywhere, I realized. And I could accept this. It was all right. It was daylight that brought my protest: No! No! No! My suffering does matter. I want to live! I can’t help but mix my life with that of the universe. Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness – how can I not dwell on this brief, cramped view I have of things? This peephole is all I’ve got!”

Kat: A reading from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy by Douglas Adams

“In the beginning, the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”

Good morning.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Natalie Novak. Also known as Natalie Novak. And if this still isn’t ringing any bells, I’m also the girl who threw up in chapel her freshman year. For all you freshmen that are afraid you’re gonna embarrass yourselves, I’m here to tell you that people forget about those things fairly quickly. Until they remember a year or so down the road, and then they never forget. So, my advice to you is, if you need to make a quick escape go out that door because this one is harder to open. (more…)