Once upon a time lived a man. This man had studied theology in the greatest university in Germany. He was closer to God than any other man breathing on earth. He was Doctor John Faustus. Only, there was something missing in his life. He wanted more than just living by God’s rules. He wanted to be wealthy and famous.
One day, while studying in his office, he received his two friends Valdes and Cornelius. These two men were there to explain him the rudiments of magic. Faustus had a plan: he would summon the demon Mephistopheles to have him as a slave that could execute all of his desires.
When the demon appeared in front of him, he was proud of his magic. What he didn’t know was that Mephistopheles was there because Faustus was already doomed. They then signed a pact with his own blood for that security craves Lucifer.
The demon would do everything he was asked to do except for that day the doctor, who was starting to regret his decision, started talking about God and the Heavens. Mephisto then brought Lucifer and the seven deadly sins to Faustus to show him what Hell has to give him. With the magnificent show presented to him, he was then happy with his decision. He decided to keep thinking on the devil.
Twenty four years passed and his time was about to come. This decision was scaring him. He did not want to be torn apart by demons in Hell. A group of demons came to him bringing him to the place of his nightmares.
And this, children, is why you should never talk to strangers offering you great things.
Why do you fall on me every time another assignement does? I would prefer to worry less about you and work more. The anxiety I feel as I procrastinate gives me a high I cannot describe. Of course, the real withdrawal is when I need to actually work and the time limits my abilities to really prove my talent.
I heard that there is several steps of you; False Security, Laziness, Excuses, Denial, Crisis but the most exciting one is the Repetition. Normally, students are pros at procratinating and working it out in the end but surprisingly it has not worked out for me. I guess I need more practice at procrastinating to become skilled.
How ironic is it to procrastinate by writing a text about procrastination?
Reading for me has always been and tough question. As much as I love it, I tend to lose the passion that makes me want to read five books a day. So when I need this strength, I about one of the most beautiful places I have visited in my life: the parliament’s library. I was lucky enough to be allowed to take a picture of this place and later on draw it. I thought I’d share you what helps me going through these heavy readings we get for school. 😉
The famous work “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burthen to their Parents, or the Country, and for Making them Beneficial to the Publick.” by Jonathan Swift is truly a heavy work of irony in front of a powerful message. If you have never read it before, you should but for the purpose of this post here’s a very short summary:
The speacker propose to end overpopulation, unemployement, and famine by selling newborns in a meat market. By doing so, jobs can be made, the economy is rolling and people are eating. He pushes his hypothetical situation to an extreme point where he explains that basically all their problems would be solved.
In today’s society, would a Proposal like this one be well-recieved? Would the author go to jail? Is this kind of disgusting and alarming imagery needed for modern problems? Would the critics analyse it as art or as garbage? Would you read it and understand the point made by the author? Is there a correlation to make with social media? Freedom of speech? Is mankind advancing or driving full speed in reverse?
If you are a student, you probably cannot recall all the books you had to read during your classes (I feel you!). I knew when I began my studies in Literature that I would read a ton of really powerful works, but I never thought I would have liked a novel as much I as liked lullabies for little criminals by Heather O’Neill. Without making a summary of the story, I will explain to you why I loved this novel so much. First of all, it is a story about the social issues in Canada, such as prostitution, drugs, poverty, etc. Those are topics that really affect me because they are part of our society. The story takes place in Montreal and depicts the rural realities in which Baby, the 12-year-old protagonist, dwells in. The awful conditions in which she lives in force her to go automatically from childhood to adulthood. The realism with which the story is told is flawless. O’Neill thought about every little detail and this is what makes the story so unique. The events depicted in the novel cannot let one indifferent and this is what is important for me in a story: that it teaches me something (am I talking to much like Plato now?). It would be useless for me to enumerate all the reasons why I loved this novel because everyone interprets a story differently. All I can do is to recommend you to read the novel lullabies for little criminals, especially if you are concerned with the social issues of today’s generation.