Thursday, April 23, 2009

Matt+Damon+Good+Will+Hunting+Apples

So everyone around here is all ass hurt over the fact that the Philosophy degree program is being terminated at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette because of low completion. Typically, I would be as upset as others about this, but I'm not. Why should a school continue to throw money at a department that doesn't produce graduates? It's not as if the philosophy classes are all being canceled, nearly all will be still be offered. But what can someone with a philosophy degree do? Continue to on to grad school then get a doctorate. Then what? Teach or write. My sister's ex husband had a PhD in philosophy, and had to deliver pizza until he could find a job teaching. And that was during great economic times! Not every school can offer every major. If you want to major in Philosophy, you'll have to drive an hour to LSU. It's not the worse thing in the world. There are real, major problems facing our universities in this state, and this is not one of them.

This all reminds me of a line from Will, Matt Damon's character, in Good Will Hunting.

Will: See, the sad thing about a guy like you is in 50 years you're gonna staht doin some thinkin on your own and you're gonna come up with the fact that there are two certaintees in life. One, don't do that. And Two, you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a fuckin education you coulda got for a dollah fifty in late chahges at the public library.

You don't need a degree to be a philosopher. You don't need a degree in philosophy to get a book published (see lulu.com). You just have to have the want. And UL cannot offer that.

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