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Some Thoughts February 5, 2009

Posted by skedaddle in Uncategorized.
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In sociology today my professor was talking about socialization. One aspect he focused on was fear and risks. He said he thought it was ironic that some people were afraid to fly but not afraid to get into a car, despite the fact that the chances of dying in a car accident are much, much higher than dying via airplane. He gave us some numbers to reflect on; there are 200 people in my class. He said that according to statistics, 3 of us would die in an automobile accident in the next two years, and 1 of us would commit suicide. He gave a couple other numbers like this, then showed us pictures of 5 of his previous students who had died in the past year.
As their smiling faces from the powerpoint glowed down onto us, the class got strangely silent. All of us were probably thinking the same thing- who would it be?

I can’t get this thought out of my head.
It’s not because I’m scared that I’m going to die.
I just know that everyone at this university has plans for their future
and no one can predict that their plans will be cut short.

Edit- Email my professor sent out a couple hours after I made this post:

“See, what’d I tell you? From today’s news:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/05/army.suicides/index.html

Is evidence that one can only push human beings so far (and for only so long) away from social relationships and “normal” human interactions, and then they begin to break. Not good. Long, repeated, and stressful deployments in cultures very foreign to Americans are taking a growing toll. In Iraq, actual armed engagements are much lower than before, so it’s not as much about PTSD as it is about starved relationships.

Mark”

Yes, my class is intense. To the max.

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Comments»

1. 4_all_u_know - February 5, 2009

It’s very unnerving when you dont know whats going to happen..because for all you know…you could die tonight…and thats frightening.
Your class sounds very intense.

omgkelly - February 6, 2009

It is!

2. frendies - February 6, 2009

I wouldn’t want to take that class because I am scared to die. 😦


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