Today was a long at school, this wasn’t because the classes were boring I just had a long break between classes. The classes were rather interesting today with Freshman Comp. and Theory and Practice of Tai Chi Chuan.
In Comp. we watched a Ted Talk on “The Danger of a Single Story”. What is a single story? A single story from what I have gathered from the video is a one dimensional look at the world (seeing things from one point of view). An example of this is the way we see Donald Trump speak about illegal immigration and the people in the middle east. The issue with a single story is: they have a tendency to breed ignorance, bigotry and hatred in those who are not willing to do research and/ or go out and meet people who are different then them. At least, that is what I had gotten from the video. We see people who buy in to the single story trap so much in our society today, it is astonishing to see in this day and age.
In between classes I had a lively and invigorating discussion in the smoking area about religion, politic and corruption. This is one of the things I love about college, actual intellectual conversation about tough topics. I get to practice my conversational skills without the pressure of hurting someone’s feelings or someone just getting up in my face. I just can not to that with my old friends and family. That is one thing that has stifled my personal growth as a human being. I am someone who enjoys that type of conversation, because I get to actually exchange ideas with people instead of having them dictated to me.
Then in Tai Chi it was a basic first day until we started learning the moves. I am so out of shape. We first learned a stance, then practiced breathing and lastly how to walk. Doing the stance was difficult for me because I had a hard time keeping my toe connected to the floor. The breathing was not too difficult, it is something I have been practicing for a while to keep my stress level down. The hardest part for me was the walk. I am a big guy, out of shape and extremely right side dominant. When I was done with the walk my left inner thigh was killing me. The muscle had started cramping up on me it felt like a bunch of needles poking in to a single point on my thigh. I am going to need a lot more practice and push myself to make sure I can do this correctly.