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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

 

Our Newest Op Ed

We Must Remain Stoic
- By Greg Stewart


As some of you know, I am attending a local community college here in Denver for my core requirements for my eventuated master's degree in International Business Relations. Part of that requirement is a taking humanities course in World Literature; and so it goes, elements of the paper require me to follow a certain criteria: revealing of personal narrative, compare present and past cultural or social events, and at least two quotations from media events as well as at least two text quotes from class readings assignments. I have also noticed, if the paper has a slant to the left better the grade; and, so it goes, my latest musings...

I have a catch phrase, "It just another day in paradise," when I am asked how am I doing. Granted it is also a sappy Phil Collin's song, but the meaning of my moods, attitudes, and perspectives are communicated quite well. Sometimes, when asked by perfect strangers the aforementioned question and my previously report response, our eyes will meet, and nothing more needs to be said. It is not a code phrase for a liberal, or a conservative, or even an empathetic minority. No these words go beyond contrivance, they are understood, and are at the deepest of level, that I, and we are to appreciate what we have in the here and now. In many aspects, my friends often hear this off the cuff response, and they know I am doing "fine,"—well even. That I am taking the world day by day; neither good or bad; it is what it is; the nature of things ; and, this by definition, they know that I am being stoic ; at least on a base level anyway. ... .........
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