Thursday, July 22, 2010

A person becomes an intellectual...

A person becomes an intellectual...

... Not when she/he gets a primary degree;

... Not when she/he gets a Master's;

... Not when she/he gets a PhD;

... And not even when she/he's a fully-employed academic, with more than one PhD.

A person becomes an intellectual...

... as soon as she/he starts asking, Why?

A person becomes a
better intellectual...

... as soon as she/he starts also asking, Why Not?

Anyone can become an intellectual...

... So long as she/he is prepared to question,
what is taken-for-granted in our universe and in our lives.

A person is merely an academic...

... when she/he is content to stay within established ways of thinking;

... when she/he is happy to defend established ways of thinking as Truth with a capital T, one that brooks no re-interpretation by anybody;

... and when she/he scorns others for merely raising a foolish question

Such as, Why?

Or Why not, indeed?

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At Thu Jul 22, 10:56:00 p.m. IST, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At Fri Jul 23, 09:10:00 a.m. IST, Blogger Snowdrops said...

Dear Miss Internet Spammer, I was about to "harmonise" away your comment, but I'm quite intrigued by the fact that all the spam comments I received of late are quite "zen" and actually related to my blog-posts. So yours would stay, if only so that I could point out that you have, in your haste, mis-read my poem, but of course, I don't really expect anything different from a busy spammer like your good self.

(Note: I know it's borderline if not outright crazy to respond in a serious manner to a spam comment. SPAM, ferchrissakes. But surprisingly, a few of them had caused me to pause for thought, so to my non-Spam readers, please be kind enough to treat the above as just another of my notes-to-self).

At Sun Jul 25, 02:43:00 a.m. IST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Snowdrops,

Just a quick note, I haven't read any of your posts except for the one many years ago regarding Eileen Chang's 'Lust, Caution.'

Your bio information is a bit sparse (as an intelligent internet user's should be) and unfortunately the only bio I've really wanted to read in a long time. I was curious to find out more about the author of the first analysis of the film who did not concentrate on the sex-scenes. Anyone who cares enough to write a ten paragraph commentary on a film they just saw does deserve credit. Well done!

One recommendation, you've obviously seen some good films — some of them from asia (WKW), but I think you should go back and check out Yasujiro Ozu. Start with 'Story of Floating Weeds' and 'Late Spring'.

Alongside WKW, 'Lust, Caution' made me believe again that current asian cinema can still make a meaningful contribution to world culture.

All the best,

Melbourne, Australia.

At Wed Jul 28, 12:11:00 p.m. IST, Blogger Rizq Herinza Syadza said...

blogwalking. :)

At Tue Aug 03, 02:44:00 a.m. IST, Blogger Snowdrops said...

Hi V. from Melbourne, thanks a mil' for stopping by my blog, and so sorry for my delay in reply. Anyway, I must say I'm really flattered by your very kind words, thank you so much.

I'm very grateful also for your movie recommendations, unfortunately, it's a little hard to source those old Japanese movies in Ireland, but I will keep my eyes peeled for any works by Ozu from now on (I learnt a bit more about him now from Wikipedia, including the actress he favoured in his movies, which was the actress from Rashomon, which I do have a DVD of). Am also extremely glad to learn that you're a fellow WKW fan :D I agree that both WKW and Ang Lee gave us hope that Asian movies have much to contribute to world cinema.

Now I wish I could read your blog to learn more about you and the films you like! Hope you'd stop by again in future :)

At Tue Aug 03, 04:20:00 a.m. IST, Blogger Haricot 微豆 said...

And the moment of reckoning comes

... When an intellectual has to choose btwn falling on his/her own sword

... Or keeping his/her silence

And there lies the difference btwn

... An intellectual living as a mortal

... And one dying as a martyr !!

At Fri Aug 13, 08:16:00 a.m. IST, Blogger Snowdrops said...

Wow Haricot, your added lines are great! My little poem's not worthy XDDD!!!


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