conclusions

I had very soon seen that analytical psychology coincided in a most curious way with alchemy. The experiences of the alchemists were, in a sense, my experiences, and their world was my world. This was of course, a momentous discovery: I had stumbled upon the historical counterpart of my psychology of the unconscious. The possibility of comparison with alchemy, and the uninterrupted intellectual chain back to Gnosticism, gave substance to my psychology. When I pored over those old texts, everything fell into place: the fantasy-images, the empirical material I had gathered in my practice, and the conclusions I had drawn from it. I now began to understand what these psychic contents meant when seen in historical perspective.
—  C.G. Jung [Psychology and Alchemy]

It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse // Yann Martel.

anonymous asked:

I'm an English major in my second year, and while I've always been able to write really elegant, intricate essays, I've lately been noticing that the better my work, the worse my conclusion gets.... So, basically, I was wondering if you had any helpful advice on how to construct a strong conclusion?

In spite of working as a writing tutor, I always have a bit of an awkward time trying to explain my conclusion-writing advice, but the advice itself is pretty solid. Just bear with any awkwardness I’m about to spew out.

One trick that I tell students to use is to make the final sentence of their conclusions sound nice and complete by writing a sentence that lists three things or has three clauses (similar to the idea of the tricolon and the rule of three). A more basic example of this would be something like, “In following English Major Humor’s advice, Anonymous can hope to improve her conclusions, receive better grades, and come away from the writing process with a greater degree of satisfaction.” (However, if this were your thesis, you’ve already restated a paraphrased version of it at the beginning of your conclusion. Do not say it again at the end of your conclusion.) This isn’t necessarily something you should do for every paper; it’s just a cool trick to have in your back pocket in case it becomes useful.

Here’s some more general advice, adapted from my writing center’s handout on conclusions:

Conclusions can do the following:

-Summarize the arguments you’ve made
-Restate the thesis (but never word-for-word from how you wrote it in your introduction) and possibly expand upon this thesis.
-Explain why the argument presented is important/why the argument presented enhances our understanding of the topic.
-Add something new to the overall argument without adding another point of contention. This means that the conclusion can include new info, but not necessarily another point to be argued. (I presented the last two points in this section word-for-word from how they appeared on my writing center’s handouts.)

If you’re having trouble starting a conclusion:

-Restate your thesis by rewording it. Use that as a foundation and see where you go from there.
-Look at what you’ve already written in your essays and see what you haven’t said yet. Are there any loose ends you need to tie up?

Other things to remember:

-Your conclusion really doesn’t need to be long. You’re finishing the essay, not starting a new one.
-Your conclusion doesn’t need to be complex either. Your thesis/argument should be the complex parts.
-Think BIG PICTURE. Focus on your argument as a whole, not the finer points of your argument.

To me, a conclusion can be about the big picture in another way. For example, you might find something really interesting about Waiting for Godot and you can mention in your conclusion how this is/might be relevant to 20th century plays as a whole. Again, it’s thinking about why your argument is relevant/important. It’s basically about asking yourself that ever-annoying “so what?” question.

I highly recommend that you use this information to supplement a trip to your college’s writing center. Even if you think your writing is good (which it probably is), the writing center is still a great place to go to work on fine-tuning and to learn about new things (like how to write conclusions). There’s nothing wrong with going to the writing center no matter how good your writing is, and writing centers can help you at any stage of the writing process. Going is a truly great way to show yourself that you care about your writing.

Calling it quits on Tumblr for tonight.

Conclusions:

  • Don’t panic
  • WWIII is not starting
  • The conflict in Ukraine is not worse than other conflicts right now
  • Ukraine is important because geopolitics
  • Also, Ukraine is important because there are human beings there, and conflict is almost never good.
  • Al Jazeera, BBC News, and NYTimes are decent sources. Some news sources are trying to rile people up and generate page views. CHECK YOUR SOURCES, and check multiple sources.
  • Yes, (an unknown number of) Russian troops did take control of several airports in Crimea, and may have done more. Of course, Russia already had a base there. 
  • Most countries are calling for everyone involved to exercise restraint. (US response, BBC article on US response, UK’s response)
  • Remember South Ossetia (2007 Russia-Georgia War)? This might be similar. 
  • This entire conflict is incredibly complicated: multiple forces are at work in Ukraine and Russia.
  • Demographics are important–there are a lot of ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

I am not an expert, but I am probably more familiar with the situation than a random person you might find on the street, and I love citing people who are rather knowledgable. 

I am always open to questions, comments, and requests for more information.

Reminder:

The entire crappy (yet fantastic) stop motion intermission is just something that Caliborn saw on one of his planets screens. It hasn’t happened yet nor is it guaranteed to happen. It’s just what he thinks will happen.

It explains how the main Lord English got his name and becomes big buff Lord English due to his fusion with Equiusprite(Arquisprite?) but that isn’t necessarily the Caliborn that just left to go fight Yaldabaoth.

Keep these things in mind and be wary of jumping into conclusions because Homestuck is never what you think it is.

“So you’ve never smoked” he asked
“that’s too bad”

I tell him my aunt died from it
that im not fond of fog in
my lungs when its already
taken up too much
space in my
head…

“And so you’re a hypocrite too”
he chimes

pointing out
a picture of I and hookah

“its okay every one tells their
truths with exceptions”

I look at him
and I want to cry
for all of
us
everything that breathes
and anyone who
doesn’t

—  T.L.R- I never said anything about cigarettes he says