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Help me understand why everyone claims this man was a quasi-prophet. So, I get his message about us discarding our old Gods leaves us vulnerable to nihilism and being human requires a richer and deeper narrative than what scientism can afford, but from what I can tell, none of this has come to pass yet.
Like, I've heard people claim how Nietzsche predicted the world wars because of this and how even today we seem to be divided and all alone. However, none of the wars in the 19th century can be attributed to a loss of faith, instead I'd argue it has more to do with a clash in economic ideologies. Furthermore, only in recent years has practice of religion declined and it's not even significant yet.
I'm sincerely confused, because many people use Nietzsche as a reference when talking about the fall of Western civilization.. but the vast majority of people are still religious and have been so for centuries.
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To those who study literature, how would you define a 'close reading' task?
I'm well into my degree and have never done well in them because I've never understood that you aren't meant to write them with a particular focus in mind. They are typically handed out in the middle of term and aren't worth many marks.
I've got a short one due in and we were basically told the essay should be as though someone has asked you 'tell me what the text/passage is about, and how do you know this?'. This seems overly simplistic to me, and varies massively from the standard style of an essay where you take a text speak about how it's content relates and speaks to certain themes, for example money, gender, human perception or your choice of a million other things you can do.
How the shit do you do get marks from simply saying what the text is about?
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Haiku thread 2
We had some fun last time.
Same thing, post your own haikus, or write them right now, or post haikus that you like (Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki?) and comment them.
Once again, your own haiku doesn’t have to be extremely well-made and rule-following, but try to do your best.