a brief list.

1. I just saw True Grit and now I have “Leaning On the Everlasting Arms” stuck in my head. There are worse things. I thought that was an interesting choice to score the film with, all things considered.

2. Resigning yourself to your fate is not quite the same thing as faith.

3. For some unknown reason I’ve been jonesing for milkshakes lately. [Insert obligatory There Will Be Blood reference here.]

4. I think grad school rendered me nearly incapable of being able to think deeply about things. [The irony of that is not lost on me.] It feels like I’m still recycling the same stuff from college, and it’s making me a little sad. There are things I want to research, but since at the moment I feel like I don’t have a real reason to besides my own edification, I’m just not doing it.

5. I need something to write about.


6 thoughts on “a brief list.

  1. Dave

    1) it does stick in the head, doesn’t it?

    2) i believe that’s called fatalism.

    3) one of the better and lesser known milkshake places on our side of town is Cheeburger Cheeburger, on Louetta (in Vintage Park). Wouldn’t recommend for the indecisive, because there are thousands of possible flavor combinations you can request.

    4) If you’re not learning for your own growth and knowledge, then what good is learning? You should do it because you want to, because it interests you. That’s a weakness of formal education–it teaches us to rely on the pressure of others to learn things.

    5) I believe I already gave you a paper topic, weeks ago. Clearly you haven’t gotten started. ;- )

    1. 3) Oooh.
      4) Eh, I wouldn’t call that the weakness of formal education, I’d call that the weakness of me. For some reason I find I learn best in community, when I have people to talk through things with. But that’s not going to be the case all the time, so I’m forcing myself to read and research without them for the time being.
      5) See, though, that’d mean I’d have to go through and watch the whole thing again, and I’d probably have to delve into social theory and religious texts, and that’d take a while. 🙂

  2. OMG LET’S PLEASE GO TO CHEEBURGER CHEEBURGER. Please. We used to go to the one in Chattanooga all the time when I was in college, and I’m ashamed to say I thought it was the only one anywhere…and then it came to Vintage Park and I was overjoyed. They have the best milkshakes (and the burgers and fries are also delicious!). We will drink our milkshakes! We’ll drink ’em up!

    Phew. Way too excited.

    What’d you think of True Grit? And The King’s Speech? I adored both of them in different ways…

  3. Aaron Adams

    Amanda! I hope you’re doing well. It’s been… a long time.

    Anyway, I think I understand what you mean about grad school. There are certainly utilitarian considerations regarding the usefulness of grad school as we now have it for vetting academic professionals. One thing that strikes me as quite odd about the seminary in particular is that it poorly smashes together all sorts of antitheses that can’t be reconciled. The result is that students are confused, worn out, and at least one seminary student I happen to know like I know myself thinks the whole exercise has been a poor way to prepare people for ministry.


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