Thomas's Rant

Story, myth, writings

Learning and mystery

with 2 comments

Just a journal entry excerpt.

Learning is a great mystery.

My story: I’ve always been alone.

Through childhood’s adventures: Thomas the Tank Engine, Mary Poppins, Narnia (NOT friendship), magic numbers, Read All About It, Koyaanisqatsi, troubled teenage fantasies, short films, film club, Mr. Slook, wrangling people – bend them to my vision, aspirations unmet, myth from Campbell, theatre, uni essays of pointlessness – domestic relationships are an aberration or perhaps he was a crossing over between the fantasy and reality (which is not what he wanted of course).

The movie makes me think of teaching and the mystery that is not just learning and the dubiousness of research but the mystery of what is happening in a classroom – not time travel but so many perspectives they are infinite to perception. Like a whole planet of interpretation. The joy on the confused faces, keeping their social disputes at bay – then the tangled web of the contrast between the back of the book and the front. Recaps are what we really know – who we truly are. The front is just that, our fronts – and high-stakes test results are a kind of dealing of cards, a mystery, a major “world” event, reading tea-leaves: alien interpretation.

Yet their lovely faces, messy spirit brings me joy in contrast with my singular home life.

It is all mystery.

But maybe my communication is not so hopeless. If that sort was not my objective, not my way.

My story: I’ve always been reading mythologies of perspective.

All this coming off the bat of watching “Arrival” again.

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Written by tomtomrant

11 March 2018 at 10:03 am

Posted in myth, philosophy, teaching, the arts

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  1. Dear, “again”? How many times can you watch Arrival. It was terrible.

    Looking forward to seeing you this evening.

    liegewaffler

    11 March 2018 at 2:40 pm

    • I’ll need to bring a *different* movie then clearly. Sigh. So few people seem to enjoy intelligence, subtlety and learning…

      tomtomrant

      11 March 2018 at 3:00 pm


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