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Don't Know Much About History [Apr. 16th, 2008|08:37 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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It's amazing that at almost 23 years of age I have no clue who I am.

I've been researching the Civil Rights movement for two scripts I'm working on. Though I haven't had the time to put into the project like i would like, I have found that I'm enjoying the research and learning new things. Maybe it's because it's recent history, maybe it's because I've been to Birmingham and so I know where the events took place, but I'm finding I'm enjoying the research.

Stephen came over the other night to pick up some a DVD I had for him. We got to talking and he told me about Martin Luther's anti-Semitism. I had no idea that the Father of the Reformation would have such things to say about Jews.

Something else I've been doing a lot of research on is WW II, particularly the Nazis. I find it fascinating that not only did they so throughly plan how they were going to accomplish their objectives, but also the thoroughness with which they accomplished their executed those objectives.

I have a project that I've wanted to work on for years. It's a big ensemble story about the first six months of WW II. There are a lot of things that I don't know that I would have to research before I could even think about making that film. In fact, I don't think I'll get to make it until much later in life. Hopefully the world won't be too far gone for that film when I do make it.

I've been thinking about going back to school lately. No, I'm not going back, at least not while I owe money. But I think about what I would major in and the only thing I can think of is math, film or history. Now to go to a real film school costs real money, but the past couple of days I've spent wondering if I could do a history degree. I know that I'm not too fond of Church history because the art work is too flat for my taste pre-reformation, but what I find fascinating is not what people do, but why the do it.

I don't know that I'd be able to focus long enough for a history degree, but it's something worth thinking about and taking a few classes in outside of the required general eds.

Maybe my calling isn't to be any one particular thing but to absorb as much as I can. I've always flirted with being a professional student.

I need a swift kick in the pants pointing me in the direction that I'm going to live my life instead of waiting for it to unfold. Yes, I've always preached that the journey is more important then the destination, but I've got to do something and would really like to know what that something is. Putting in 60+ hours a week plus between two jobs isn't the most fun I've ever had. I don't mind the work; I enjoy the income. But I wished I could consolidate down to 40 a week leaving me time as a single person to work on some of my side projects and hobbies.
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[User Picture]From: catttitude
2008-04-16 09:57 am (UTC)
Math.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-16 11:16 am (UTC)
I babbled 9 paragraphs of horeshit and you utter one word of wisdom. So much so, I should just shut the hell up.

Where would us me be without women?
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[User Picture]From: catttitude
2008-04-16 12:06 pm (UTC)
If you like mathematical problems I would say a degree in Math will get you far. Not only does everything in life revolve around math. Math keeps you smart, your mind is always trying to solve that next problem. Math is exciting and excilerating. (not sure I spelled that correctly) I would certainly recamend a degree in math.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-18 12:22 am (UTC)
While I won't say I love math, I did pick it up fairly quickly and though I still can't perform basic mathematical functions correctly, the application of some of the more advanced concepts is truly astounding. I wish I knew more of it. If I were forced to go back to UAH, I'd definitely go out for the math first this time around.

Maybe I'll teach myself in all my spare time.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-04-16 11:13 am (UTC)
I don't know that I'd be able to focus long enough for a history degree
Talk to celtmanx about that. His degree is in history. But that's no surprise to anyone who knows him, as this was a strength of his prior to the degree. Understand? I hate math. Getting a degree in such, would be a fucking battle that I would likely lose. Getting a degree in, 'blogging' for example, would suit me much better. What are your interests? Right...this could be more difficult than you thought.

I need a swift kick in the pants pointing me in the direction that I'm going to live my life instead of waiting for it to unfold.
This too, has proven unsuccessful thus far, as I've been doing it for three years now.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-16 11:22 am (UTC)
I hate math. Getting a degree in such, would be a fucking battle that I would likely lose.
Some things must be conqured.

What are your interests?
Though many precieve me to be a dullard, I assure you, sir that I have many interests.

This too, has proven unsuccessful thus far, as I've been doing it for three years now.
Have you only been kicking for three years? I thought we've known each other for longer then that.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-04-16 11:27 am (UTC)
Some things must be conquered.
Yes, but not everything. Only a fool makes not the distinction.

Though many precieve me to be a dullard, I assure you, sir that I have many interests.
Name *one.*

I thought we've known each other for longer then that.
And for all the good its done, its now irrelevant.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-16 11:37 am (UTC)
Name *one.*
Porn.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-04-16 11:39 am (UTC)
I predict you're going to die a sad, lonely man.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-16 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your vote of confidence.
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2008-04-16 11:59 am (UTC)
"We got to talking and he told me about Martin Luther's anti-Semitism. I had no idea that the Father of the Reformation would have such things to say about Jews."

And where do you think the Nazi's got the idea of concentration camps for Jews from, Martin Luther. Of course his plan was to take them out of the cities and put them on farms to de-Jewify them and make them good Christians not kill them.

Hitler ordered the churches in Germany to preach Martin Luther's Antisemitism sermons and the Lutheran church was the edicts most ardent follower. Many Catholic priests and nuns also went to the gas chambers along with the Jews.

Edited at 2008-04-16 05:56 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-04-16 02:59 pm (UTC)
You're smart or something.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-16 09:41 pm (UTC)
or something.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-18 12:38 am (UTC)
And where do you think the Nazi's got the idea of concentration camps for Jews?
I didn't make that connection either, though I must admit I just skimmed the article I was reading about Martin Luther.

While we're on the topic, there is a discussion (third paragraph) about whether or not it is anachronistic to say that Luther was precursor to the Nazis. What do you think?
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2008-04-18 11:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is anachronistic to view his work as a precursor of the racial antisemitism of the National Socialists.

Though Martin Luther disliked the Jews for not believing in Jesus he still considered them to be people and part of the human race where as the Nazi's believed them to be sub-human and not worthy of pity or compassion so killing them was like killing a dog.
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From: irulan_amy
2008-04-16 05:23 pm (UTC)
"It's amazing that at almost 23 years of age I have no clue who I am."

Not necessarily. I think it's a thing that is worth putting a lot of time into figuring out...
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-04-16 05:33 pm (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly. But jesus - how long, exactly? As he stated, he's almost 23 years old and doesn't, as of yet, have even an idea.
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From: irulan_amy
2008-04-16 10:15 pm (UTC)
I would say as long as it takes, but in this case - may not be the best response. ;)
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