Philosophize This’s episode ninety, “Nietzsche pt. 1 – God is dead and so is Captain Morgan” (the link opens in a new tab), is the first in the rest of the Nietzsche section (a four-part episode section of episodes 90, 91, 92, and 93) has really struck a great chord with me while listening to the show. I did a quick Google search for “where does the ‘God is dead’ quote by Nietzsche come from” and found the textbook Nietzsche wrote the quote in. In this time between undergraduate and master’s, I am adding this book that the quote comes from to my to-read list: The Gay Science (the link opens in a new tab).
Who doesn’t have a podcast they are listening to about now? Well true, yes, some of you may not listen to them and instead prefer audiobooks or music? I discovered podcasts through Spotify and see there seems to be an abundance of them produced on countless topics and subjects by many authors. I found my next podcast series that’s up in the queue for listening. It’s been recommended by a mentor I studied under during my undergraduate studies’ later years and is named “Mere Rhetoric” (the link opens in a new tab). I was taking a browse through their archives pages on “Mere Rhetoric” to see how to organize my offline folder before downloading the episodes to listen to if I happen to be offline.
If everything goes along with a Higher Power and how I am trying to plan, take action, and make work, a shift toward this field of rhetoric and composition is where I will be going while applying to graduate programs. Either rhetoric or a generalist background, study, and instruction of English.
I have decided to postpone my efforts at graduate school until after earning a second bachelor’s degree. I will be starting a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Writing and Rhetoric Concentration (ENWR), my second undergraduate degree, this January 2020. I have consulted a few academic contacts on this decision and have come to a decision with that gathered information that this is the best insurance to have as an educational background when applying to a Master of Arts in English program. I will be studying at my undergraduate Alma Mater, Nicholls State University, through the online division again, which I highly recommend as a distance learning pathway to earning a post-secondary degree. There is even talk I hear of that a Master of Arts in English program will be available in Nicholls graduate programs to come fall 2020. That would be phenomenal! I would love to be approved as a student for that online program. I have a few other schools in mind, also: Northwestern State University and the University of New Orleans. They are two schools also in the University of Louisiana (UL) system just like Nicholls State is in the UL system. All are stepping stones on my career path outlook of becoming a post-secondary English language instructor.
The notion that I would like to focus my efforts going forward on in giving back through teaching came to me during my last few years earning my B.I.S. degree at Nicholls Online (the link opens in a new tab) through the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana (the link opens in a new tab).
I only learned part of the adulting world refers to Wednesdays as “humpdays” around the second or third time I saw the airing of this commercial. This is a snippet of it in GIPHY gif. If you can help identify the source advertisement, please, drop a comment below.
Happy Humpday! 🐪
Source: https://giphy.com/gifs/monster-office-scare-ITPXILGUZrhbq (the link opens in a new tab).
The Just for Today literature’s daily meditation of recovery in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for July 25th shows that our action in doing twelfth step service work is never in vain. Practicing the principles in all of our affairs, in culminating with helping the still suffering addict, keeps us drug-free and a healthy, contributing member of society. We give back to humanity through service work, which extends far past only the rooms of NA. Teachers, professors, and instructors, for example, give back to their students every day in their fields in education. Those that hold religious positions give back to their parishioners and practitioners every time that they interact with those people and provide them a service of sorts. Even those that simply donate their time to a cause they support are giving themselves in service to the greater good. If we pay attention, we can find opportunities to give of ourselves in service in many ways. Perhaps, too, we can pray to have God send us someone to help that day if we so choose.
Twelfth Step ‘failure?’ – July 25 – page 215
“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Step Twelve
There is no such thing as a “failed” Twelfth Step call. Even if our prospect doesn’t get clean, we have accomplished two purposes. We have planted the seed of recovery in the mind of the addict with whom we have shared our experience, strength, and hope. And we ourselves have stayed clean another day. Rarely does a recovering addict leave a Twelve Step call with anything but a deep dose of gratitude.
Sometimes we are practicing the Twelfth Step without realizing it. When our co-workers or other acquaintances know some of our history and see what kind of person we are today, they know where to go when they have a friend or loved one in need of our help. We are often the best attraction that NA has to offer!
For many addicts, the Twelfth Step is the cornerstone of recovery. We truly believe that “we can only keep what we have by giving it away.” The paradox of the Twelfth Step is evident, for in giving, we receive.
Just for today: I will remember that I am a living example of the Twelfth Step. I cannot “fail” when I try to carry the message to another addict.
Source: Narcotics Anonymous World Services. Just for Today. Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Incorporated, 1991, p. 215.