Day 104: Aiden, Twelfth Grader

[ By on March 05, 2013 ]

In the end, there’s a part of us that is solely self-centered.

You’d think this realization came from an ILS philosophy reading, but, in accordance with Rousseau’s theory on education, I learned this from experience. I was helping out at the language magazine bake-sale, and the time was around 1:20 in the afternoon. We had sold essentially all we could, and most people at this point go around offering discounts on the goodies, or just save them for another day. The organizer of said bake-sale recommended we just give it all away for free, because that’s the type of people we are. So, I went up to the microphone, and after a few minutes of struggling with technology only to find out that it was on the whole time, I announced to a room full of teenage boys and girls that we were giving away cookies and other assorted goods for free.

I’m not sure if our society is just sensitive to the word “free” because so few things today are, or if the allure of pastries was that intense, but the seconds to follow were ones which astounded me. As soon as I finished my sentence I saw at least 50 kids jump out of their seats, push anyone in their way and dash towards the bake sale. It was human desire in it’s purest form. There seemed to be a blatant disregard for anyone but their craving for these pastries, and they’d do whatever they could to satisy said craving.

We may have the ability to reason, and understand a certain extent of life, but in the end there’s a part of us that are just animals who are self-centered.

Aiden loves soccer,  a good philosophy reading, and he really enjoys sitting in outdoor cafes and drinking tea for hours doing relatively nothing. 

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