you should be studying

I could tell you about the coronary arteries
And the chambers our blood flows through.
 I could draw you a hundred EKG’s,
But they don’t explain how my heart beats for you.

 I could tell you about the gastric glands
 And what happens when they go awry.
 I could explain ulcers and gastritis
 But not how you give me these butterflies.

 I could tell you about the cerebral lobes
And strokes of many different kinds.
 I could outline the circle of Willis
But not how you dominate my mind.

 I could read all of Netter’s, Robbins, and Gray’s
And study the body for all of my days.
 Nothing will explain this lover’s craze,
But when these bones grow old, this love will still stay.

anonymous asked:

what is it that's so appealing about long dead white male slave owners?

I am going to pretend this wasn’t a legitimate question because this is the stupidest question I have ever received into my box. I am going to be very blunt here:

Basically what you are saying, is that nobody should study history. “They were all racist so we shouldn’t study history!” it was history. They were racist, and without history how would we learn from the shitty things people have done in the past. Taking words from a wise quote, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it”. History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be. All people are living histories. 

I know what you are trying to imply is why should we study a bunch of racists. It is important, it is so important. Some of us actually have an interest in how the founding of America came to be, how the world came to be and how people who have done incredible things can still be terrible people. 

“We shouldn’t study American History because America was founded by a ton of racists.”

That is the most ignorant statement on the entire planet. If you’re not into history- that is fine, whatever. But I find history to be so very fascinating- they were people. They were people. They were people who did actually human things: they laughed, they cried, they did a bunch of shit. 

You cannot learn about slavery without bringing up the people who were in involved with it. I really don’t know how to put my argument into words it is frustrates me so much. You can like a historical figure, it is good to recognize that they were an actual human being because knowing that they were an actual person and knowing of all of the terrible things that they do helps us know that people are not perfect individuals and that people are capable of doing truly tragic things. 

The past causes the present, and so the future.

By learning of our mistakes from the past, we work to fix them- to take care of them, to get rid of our mistakes in the present- from our methods in the present it influences out the creation of humanity. 

Not studying the founding fathers because they were racist is like not studying the Enlightenment thinker Rousseau (THE SOCIAL CONTRACT) because he held a strong dislike for women. 

LATIN: HOW AND WHY YOU SHOULD STUDY IT

as you probably already know, Latin is a classical and dead language belonging to a specific branch of the Indo-European languages, that is a bunch of languages which were probably spoken by some ancestors of ours who were most likely from the Eurasian steppe. Latin is one of the youngest ancient languages (it was younger than ancient Greek!) and,before it happened to become one of the most important and widespread western lenguages, it was spoken by quite small farmer’s tribe.

In the whole world, Latin is currently learnt by quite a lot of students, which is a fact, but why is it?

  • Latin is where our culture is from. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Latin culture is the only one Europeans can relate to: our continent is wide and there are a lot of populations, languages, views of the world but Romans actually conquered half (and probably more) of them and, of course, half of Europe has been at least influenced by Latin culture.
  • It actually helps you understanding languages if you’re Romance speaker/if you’re learning a Romance language. Ok, honestly, I can’t say this is an universal rule because there are some words whose meaning changed along the way but there are other ones as well that are closer to Latin and knowing where they’re from really helps you using them!
  • There are mind-blowing sentences you can never recreate by translating them. As it is known, Latin has a grammar system which is based on six conjucations and some quit complex verbal schemes and, unfortunately, there are some senteces which are untranslatable. In my opinion, Latin is a perfect and organized languages and it’s really hard to find other languages able to compete with it.
  • Cmon, it’s such an amazing languages, the real question is: why you shouldn’t?

Another appropriate question is: how do I study Latin without going insane? This is quite a question, my dude. My first Latin years were a nightmare, I’m not gonna like, but I think it was mostly due to the fact that my teacher was terrible. Anyway, how am I supposed to approach Latin?

  • let me be honest: there’s a good chance the beginning is gonna be hard. Don’t give up. There are people who are comparing Latin’s complexity to the one of math, so you get it: it’s not a scientific subject but it’s hard as fuck.
  • don’t underestimate pronunciation. It’s sounds like a terrible advise, I know but it’s really important, in particular if you are/you’re planning to study Latin at the university.
  • don’t underestimate paradigms. I know they’re boring but they’re everywhere as well.
  • start translating by looking for verbs. Verbs are the very heart of your sentence which means that locating them is the first thing to do. Also, verbs helps you to decide what kind of  nominative case you’re looking for: is it singular? is it plural?
  • put in order words is helpful. Latin has a quite complicated structure: the fact that two words are close doesn’t necessary mean they’re related but writing a small number over each one of them can help you
  • highlight in the same way words that are related. Just like the previous point.
  • don’t entrust the dictionary too much. It actually slow you down and it forces you to focus on just one word at time while, as you’re translating, you need to develop a full-scale view of your text.

this is a short recap of everything I’ve learnt about how to approach myself to Latin. HAVE FUN!

p.s.: Imma leave some references here: they were given to me by my Latin lecturer and, who know, they may be helpful.

  • Lewis – Short Dictionary. It is in English and i’m pretty sure you can find it online. It’s one of the best Latin Dictionaries ever.
  • loeb volumes. It’s a collection of works by latin/green authors
  • Perseus.tufts.edu, just like the previous one  
  • Thelatinlibrary.com like the previous one
  • Internet archive: a collection of texts, essays, ecc
Many More Musical Theatre Themed Questions!

What an exciting title, It’s been a while since I uploaded the last one but here we go:

1. Favorite (Reprise)

2. Best Act 1 ending.

3. If you could go back in time to see a certain production, which one would it be?

4. Who should write a musical?

5. The routine you recreate when home alone:

6. A duet you’d love to perform and with whom.

7. A musical everyone can learn from.

8. Favorite set design EVER.

9. Favorite person to play (insert role)

10. Best digital #ham4ham

11. Make up a name and the ingredients for a Waitress pie.

12. Best tap number.

14. Express your love for the orchestras!

15. Favorite musical written by (insert composer, lyricist)

16. Which part (or parts) do you sing in One Day More?

17. A line that never fails to make you laugh.

18. An upcoming production you’re excited for.

19. Do you have any funny misheard lyrics from a showtune?

20. A musical you would NEVER see with your parents.

21. Musicals can introduce you to new cultures, interests, fancy words and so on. Name 3 things you’ve learned form musicals.

22. Favorite OBC.

23. Cast recording you know by heart.

24. Cast recording for a long car ride.

25. Favorite Miscast performance.

26. I really like these ones so: make 2 musical related confessions.

27. Showtune of the day:

28.  Who would play you in a musical about your life?

29. Who would play your best friend in a musical about your life?

30.  Who would play your romantic interest in a musical about your life?

31. 2 solos you’d love to perform.

32. Describe yourself with 3 musical theatre characters.

33. A character that inspires you to be better.

34. A showtune that always puts you in a good mood.

35. A showtune that makes you feel melancholic.

36. Best showstopper.

37. A place you consider to be your Santa Fe.

38. The name of the prettiest theater you’ve been to.

39. The most intense scene from a musical.

40. A great cover of a showtune:

41. Put your phone on suffle and write the first 2 showtunes that appear.

42. Best design of a Playbill.

the king lifts his thin veil of deception; corruption drowns his veins 

you know I know it’s not fucking profitable for people to study certain degrees over others, but that doesn’t mean you should shit on people for studying what they love. 

Furthermore you shouldn’t talk down to little kids saying they want to be a graphic designer, or a film maker, or an actor, or a musician, or whatever else you deem useless to society, because it’s not profitable in our sociopolitical systems. They have interests, and it doesn’t matter whether or not they’ll succeed on a global scale, that’s irrelevant, they don’t have to be groundbreaking to do what they want to do.

Money is not the fucking point, the point is the kid wants to do something the kid enjoys and is proud and excited about. Encourage children in most anything they’re interested in, as a matter of fact encourage most everyone to do shit they love within basic moral reasoning.

If a person isn’t immediately good at mathematics, physics, or even graphic designing, that doesn’t fucking mean you should shit on them and tell them to give up.

Encourage passions, passions and joy keep people alive. Interests go beyond money, because you can’t really use money if you’re fucking dead due to you feeling like a failure and never did what you truly loved.

You have no idea how successful a child or an adult is going to be in what they’re trying to learn about and do, stop fucking betting against them and maybe they’ll be more confident to improve their lives and the lives of others around them. 

And again, people don’t have to be groundbreaking savants to do shit they like.

[and im literally actually a fucking poor person so don’t even act like I’m spouting some bourgeois propaganda tellin people to stay poor, i aint. i’m saying people should be allowed to enjoy things]