Okay, seriously, why does no one see fit to make clear to you just how incredibly, amazingly awesome university is? If people did, the motivation to do well at school would be multiplied by a thousand. University rocks. It is rocking. It rocketh much. You get to do what you want, study what you want, be a part of whatever you want. You get to show yourself just how much certain things mean to you (for example, God) and just how little other things mean (for example, lettuce). You get to learn Greek and love Greek and be obsessed with Greek, and occasionally also love Linguistics and Hebrew and religious studies. You get to really, truly, actually make a difference, both in individual people’s lives and off campus.
Also, have I mentioned that I adore Greek? Because I do. I adore Greek. I love the look and the sound and the fact that I’m learning an ancient language that nobody speaks anymore but that was once spoken by people like Socrates and some of my Biblical homies. It’s freaking awesome, is what it is. I’m pretty sure that if it was an option, and if Linguistics wasn’t occasionally interesting, I would just do Greek and Hebrew.
On a different, much more serious note…This week, UCT had a shave-a-thon in support of the Cancer Association of South Africa. Several girls took part, and while chicks being bald is not so uncommon in some parts of the world, here it’s definitely not something you see everyday. In 1 Corinthians 11:14-15 it says, “Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering (NIV).” And in Song of Songs 7:5, it says, “Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel. Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses (NIV).” These are not the only references in the Bible, or for that matter in literature and pop culture, made to a woman’s hair as being one of the most feminine, beautiful things about her. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but all things have to have definite, objective truth, or a true side; so what is true beauty? I think I know, but I’m curious to hear your thoughts. Anyone have input?
PS Oh yeah, and I will be posting on this subject again a little later this week.