Tuesday, October 28, 2008

(Mental) Resistance

In my Ethics discussion today, we were talking about Sartre's Deontologism, and his question of whether to fight in the Resistance or stay at home to care for his mother.

As one of the only people in my group who comes to lectures and takes notes, I became the expert on the "staying at home" argument, and I was giving an answer about immediate gratification of being with your mother versus killing Nazis. After a long response, the towny boy in the front raised his hand and screeched, "Why do you keep on talking about Nazis?"

After the inexplicable laughter died down, I calmly explained to the kid that Sartre was debating whether to fight in the Resistance. The kid laughed and replied, "There were no Nazis during the French Revolution."

I looked at him in shocked silence for a full two heartbeats. Was he making a joke? Was he mocking me in some way?

I opened my mouth to explain, somehow, that Sartre was born in 1905, had never, in fact, fought in the French Revolution, and that this kid was actually some kind of mentally challenged person.

Thankfully, the TA changed the subject reallly fast and we moved on to something else.

1 comment:

speedheart said...

Or better yet when someone decides to regurgitate what the T.A. has just finished analyzing, and everyone, including the T.A., just listens politely because you feel sad for the person that hasn't realized that that point was made a minute ago.

It makes you wonder what applications are useful for.

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