March 25th, 2006

Crazy

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:: Ending March ::

And so, with the completion of the exams, another chapter closes.
I hate examinations.
Why is there a need to have us tested and ranked?
Just a day ago, a few of us raised our concerns with the format of the exam.
"What's the point of having an exam that makes the student with the best memory the best student?" many echoed.
"What do you suggest then," our facilitator retorted.
The problem with exams is that they are usually too quantitative, but not qualitative.
How do we gauge the effectiveness of a leader, or a manager?
By how well he is able to answer multiple choice questions?
Even via feedback from peers, are we really able to glean enough?
The moment everyone knows that everyone will be graded and classified
Everyone becomes templated; learning stops.

Lots happening lately.
If only I have the time and am articulate enough to put it all down.



Crazy

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:: Beast and the Skin Deep Beauty ::



I watched King Kong this afternoon.
I have never watched the 1933 version.
Nor have I watched the 1976 version.
I was moved by Kong's affection for Ann Darrow.
But as I was moved, my inner voice reminded me that
I was moved by something that wasn't human.
In fact, it was not even there.
I was watching some clever animation.
And brilliant acting by Naomi Watts.
I recall immediately the other movie that moved me very much.
The Iron Giant.
I think I get moved easily by things not human.
Maybe they're easier to trust.

Back to King Kong.
Was it Beauty that killed the Beast?
Could there be a happy ending where
Kong, clutching Ann safely in his hands
Returns to the safe haven of his forgotten jungle?
Most stories at least end with a "happily ever after"
(Even though we know it's momentary)
In this one, Kong dies.
Ann gets swept in the arms of Jack.
Moral of the story?
Don't be different.
Don't love beauty.
For beauty is skin-deep no matter what they say.
And if you're a beast with a kind heart
Go quickly, go away.
For they'll shoot you anyway.

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