An Amalgamation of Thoughts

“The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”- Hannah Arendt

1)The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.

This sentence begins with a series of descriptions describing the doer. Most radical are simply there to add definition to revolutionary. The word revolutionary is followed by will, which means that a verb is coming directly after. Therefore triggering the location of the doing. The remainder of the sentence is what is being done. The revolutionary is becoming a conservative. The IC that follows, similar to the words before revolutionary, are there to describe by giving a time frame and an event. In its purest form the statement is “The revolutionary will become a conservative.” A poignant phrase in its own right even without the other words around it.

2)  David Fleming concludes his City of Rhetoric by arguing that “education [should be] oriented to the ‘strong publics’ of decision making rather than the ‘weak publics’ of opinion formation” (205). For Fleming, then, composition courses, which traditionally have asked students to write weak opinion based personal interpretations of society, should instead have students to use words which define the culture they live in and the values they hold rather than passively report them as fact.  In other words, challenge the world of the opinion and hold strong to that which returns as resolute in order to build a strong and identifiable community.

3) I find it quite intriguing that the man the clip is oriented on is described as a multifaceted monomaniac. This term feels inherently contradictory, but somehow is logical enough to discern an understanding of his personality. The one thing he does is everything he can and I think in that way he truly has exceeded the life of a typical American toiling away at a single profession. This man is a signpost for the path to the future, the end of the rat race. Additionally, I find it slightly remarkable that his eccentric genius ideas are so wildly simple in nature. The anecdote of not raising your hand as a message for complacency is a relatable topic for literally every single human being that has ever been subjected to that situation. We all have a fear of being wrong or looking foolish in front of our peers, but the face of the matter is that the only way we can ever expect to get ahead of the pack is by making the leap of faith into the uncertainty with the knowledge we have at our disposal.

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