Sunday, November 30, 2008

Frozen in a Time Vortex

My law school has a habit of teasing me. I will enter the school and be welcomed by warmth (it is pretty cold outside). But, hours later, when I am in the crux of my studying, BAM the air conditioning will turn on.

Regardless, I have lost track of time. There are no windows in the room where I study. The one clock is at my back and my computer's clock is hidden by the auto-hide taskbar feature. My taskbar is barely ever up because I have a kick-butt mouse set up to switch applications at the touch of a button. Hours fly by without my knowledge and the end-product is but a few sentences, a few edits, or a citation or two. I do not remember the sound of grass or the taste of sunshine. As Frodo said, I am naked in the dark. Come to think of it, there is some truth in the stated statements, albeit much is exaggerated. Maybe. Not sure what is/was/will be real.

Curse you, IRAC. Curse you, memo. I used to think that IRAC stood for Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion. It turns out, it stands for Intellectually Retarded, Analytically Crappy.

I just got out of a study session. We were reviewing for the upcoming Legal Process final. We tabbed the bluebook up. I am glad I started tabbing earlier in the semester, it was just so much easier finding the rules, etc. A common sense thing.

Speaking of time vortex, apparently scientists found one over the south pole. The story is years old but I find it fascinating to read about.
I think time is very interesting. The concept of it all. Man attempts to have some sort of control of time by attributing a system of gears and hands to it and placing it around his wrist. Does he not know that such an act has in fact made time control him? His constant checking of time making sure he is on time. His constant checking of time to see if he has no time. His constant checking of time just to check any time. Before the invention of watches and clocks, before the invention of time, the only concept of time in the Arab world was signified by the words 'now' and 'later.' If something needed to be done, do it now. If not, eh, do it later! Watches are the collar and time is the leash that leads men too quickly to a place that is too boring because they did not enjoy the path to there.

Law school is definitely like that. 80-90% of the students are in their early twenties, the prime of their life. And what are they doing? Spending hour after God-forsaken hour learning the law. If I could be in an apprenticeship, I would much rather do that than this. I think.

I would definitely give it a try.

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