This morning in sosc, we were discussing what Tocqueville meant when he said that, since everyone is equal, Americans believe that the truth is in the opinion of the majority, and it was not going so well, which became apparent when two girls nearly killed each other over something like whether "you should listen to five guys or one." So I unhelpfully tried to make a distinction between certain kinds of opinions that we accept on the authority of individuals without requiring any kind of public consensus--like a diagnosis from a doctor--and other kinds of decisions that we feel all men are equipped to deliberate on equally well--like whether, as a society, we should allow people without formal medical training to practice medicine. As usual, I didn't make any sense and everyone ignored me.
Nonetheless, I actually am sick, and I have no time or interest to go Student Care about it, so I'll just consult the masses about my problem. This morning, I woke up all sweaty. Actually, I didn't sleep very well last night, in part because I was sweating and freezing at the same time. Then I got out of bed and nearly froze to death. After biking to campus, I was sweaty. Once I got off my bike, I was freezing. In class, I was both sweating and freezing at the same time, which was exceedingly embarassing. Plus, one side of my nose is peeling. When I cough, my head feels slightly like it is being split in half. Now I am freezing, but only after having sweated for some time. I am also really hungry. And my muscles hurt when I stop moving around, so I'm all fidgety. This is also socially awkward. What is wrong with me?
Also, per the recommendation of Drew, I have been reading these columns in the Chronicle about grad school. As a result, I am now fairly well convinced that there are many things I would rather do with my post-college life that would be more fulfilling and make me happier than grad school. Like, for example, chewing sand. Begging on a street corner. Making a nest of human hair. Things of this nature.
So it looks like Niles West High School social studies department, here I come!