I’m currently reading The Secret History of the World by Jonathan Black. I think this is the first time I cannot finish a book in less than 3 days. The book deals with mysteries in the religions in the world. He forwarded the theory of humans being originated from vegetables, or rather, human’s initial form was vegetative-like. He backs it up with records of paintings by the ancient people. In find it a really absurd idea and after the first few pages, it was just hard to take the author seriously. It is a difficult book to read and is not for the faint of heart (or faith).
The other day my lecturer was pointing out how some people don’t know how to properly write emails to the lecturers. Most people, according to him, would send something like, “Can you get back to me ASAP?” and nothing else. I was shocked when I heard this. I thought people would at least, have the decency and brain to address the lecturer properly. Even if it was just an email, but the way you write/type an email to someone does leave an impression on the recipient of the sender’s way of conduct. It may not be a big deal to most people and even though the lecturer can be a pain in the ass, but you gotta give the credit where it is due, plus, whether one likes it or not, this guy is your lecturer. Pissing him off won’t do you any good. And these people wonder why he never replied their emails. The moral here is, follow the golden rule1: if you want your lecturers to be nice to you, give them the due respect.
On another note, I’m having a (major) hard time looking for books to be used as resources for my essay. The minimum number of references for this particular essay is 8 and I can hardly find half of that and most of the ones I have are barely relevant to the topic anyway. What makes it worse is that, those that actually ARE useful and relevant couldn’t be checked out of the library which means, you can’t take it home. They are labelled as restricted materials and even if you really need to check it out, you are only given an hour. How the fuck can anyone make use of the material fully then? I don’t know why they’re classified as restricted materials, because I didn’t see in those books anything that could harm humanity nor did I see they contain national secrets, unless something called SocioEconomic History of XXX Nation can be considered dangerous if it falls to the wrong hands. /angry They might have a perfectly valid reason for doing so but it still sucks. If they think this is a way to prevent people making photocopies of the materials then they are wrong; because photocopy machines are readily available everywhere in the library anyway.
1Do unto others as you would have others do unto you