Illusions of college

It’s a lot better to leave college asking more questions than knowing more stuff. An elite degree makes people take you more seriously than you deserve, but an elite education makes you take yourself less seriously by showing you how little you know.

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Driving with no windows

Like driving on a long road without windows, I can’t see how fast I’m moving or whether something might jump out of the bushes and get in my way. I’ve grown better at fighting monsters and hopping over the blocks, but the unnerving silence — how do I cope with that? Hardships, temptations, discoveries, and victories form the shape of a heroic epic, but not the quiet sail on an boundless open water.

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“love yourself”

Something was missing. The ultra-focusing on self-improvement has empowered me just as much as it’s alienated me from the feeling of love. All the self-help books we can find on the market screams: “focus on YOURSELF” and “don’t give an Fk about what others say.”

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Reflection on freedom

It’s almost a decade that I came to the States, and I’ve been spoiled with something really special for a long time, that I almost forgot how excited and grateful I was for the simple fact that I got to be free to express, and free to know, although I wasn’t quite free to act. I also realized how I’ve become a lot more complacent with the system, where “freedom” seems to be guaranteed. When I thought I wasn’t free, I challenged and questioned everything, and when I think I am, that intense curiosity wanes.

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The Delta

Creating art for art’s sake is a self-indulgent act. It’s not only dismissive of the role that an artist could play to make a bigger impact, and even more problematic if the message being created isn’t benefiting the system at large.

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Thirsty for truth

Instead of calling for more truth, I’d argue it might be more effective and actionable to advocate for sharing honestly one’s thought process. Being honest means becoming more vulnerable, when sharing with a broader audience increases the likelihood that our perceptions being challenged.

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My heroes

It might just be the rhythmic and powerful arrangements of the words that excited me, but I remember at that moment I could feel the sun inside me, burning my gut.

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"goals"

We all aspire to achieve the goals we set for ourselves, but perhaps falling in love with the chase is, in fact, the most valuable reward, and we all get to define and refine our chase to make it more enjoyable.

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