wow, it is so cold. wow, that just reminded me of the part where Buddy says, “wow, it makes me feel great to kiss you.” I loved that bit. I must have, if I remember it so well.
today I realised that since both the essay and the exams for anthropology are based entirely on the tutorials, it’s really rather stupid to go to the lectures, especially since they’re so boring and disorganised. the lecturer is the most disorganised person I ever met.. she jumps from one topic to another and loses sheets of paper all over the place and makes it impossible to take any serious notes. plus she’s closed minded. whenever someone offers an opinion she says “no,” and gives some prescribed textbook opinion that has just as little merit.
well, the tutorial was quite hilarious. every week two people give their presentations, then afterwards we ask questions and discuss it as a grandiloquent group. so to prepare for this, each week before the tutorial we have to read the articles the presentations are based on. I rarely do homework. make that never. so I rarely participate in these discussions unless it’s on something I already know a bit about.
Well this week Dundi, the lecturer, decided that she’d go around the room and ask everyone to tell her what they’d thought of the topic. I was about halfway around, at the back, so I sat and listened and prepared to say, “I have no thoughts. I didn’t read it.” whether it meant i’d lose marks or not, I wasn’t going to rifle through the article until it got to my turn looking for something I could comment on, like everyone else was frantically doing because they hadn’t read it either. I couldn’t be bothered.
so it got to the person before me, and I was clearing my throat in my mind and all while she said something about society slowly become de-ritualised in most aspects, such as religion and social rites of passage (eg: marriage), which didn’t have hardly anything to even do with the topic at all. Dundi ignored this little point (so I could’ve said “well, I think ritual is a stupid pointless waste of time,” for my comment, but do you think she’d ignore that?) and asked, “why do you think this is so?” and the girl just shrugged. so Dundi turned to me and said, “why do you think it’s so?”
well! there went all my plans, because she wasn’t asking me about the article or the topic (which was some fire ritual in some obscure culture), so I couldn’t just skip my turn by saying “didn’t read it.” so I probably gained marks rather than lost them because it was such an easy question and I wasn’t forced into revealing my slack-assed-ness. I can’t even really remember my answer except I know the main point was that we rely more now on science and empirical evidence, of which there’s none for ritual.
did I mention it’s cold?