November 2, 2005 @ 2:35 pm by sean
Is there any doubt that Professor Pak is the best dressed professor? I’d say even one of the best dressed individuals on campus.
The flag is at half-mast and I don’t know why. I feel ashamed.
My old G3 that I work on in the studio is one of the oldest, most unreliable computer in here. The server has been crazy since last Thursday, and I think the server has pity on this old thing because my computer has been one of only two computers that miraculously connects to the server. Because of this, I’m the only person able to work on my stuff outside of class. So for class today, we have intermediate critique at 4, and for the first three hours of class I had nothing to do. I went to Creek Side to plot my poster that had failed a while ago in the printing process, and I ended up in the graduate studio. There I had the some of the best 1.5 hours of my life. I listened to Dr. Suzuki talking with some of the students and they were discussing such interesting wonders of architecture. I’m not even sure how it can apply to me or graphic design, besides giving me hope for doing something more than this uninspired, uncreative stuff I do all day. And I talked with Ben for a little. That graduate studio is a fascinating place.
With the beautiful weather in this scholarly environment, today is a great day.
A couple weeks ago I talked with Michael for a few hours. I sat with him at dinner, then we went to the basketball game, then back as he waited for his ride. Much of our conversation came from a book he read for his english class about northen christianity (N. America & Europe) and southern christianity (the rest of the world) and the book discussed the differences between the two. Michael, being from Uganda, had a great perspective on the topic that I am so fortunate to have heard.
One of the biggest things he said to me about his christian faith, and something I hardly see in northern christianity is his dedication to the Gospel. He told me he wants to be a professor, and counselor, and he’d like to get married and have a family. The tone he said it in however, was far from definite. I know for myself that my plans used to be carved in stone. Last year God poked the stone and started breaking stuff up, and now I’ve decided I have a general idea of what I’d like to do with my post-school life. It’s focused on graphic design though. Michael was being completely flexible. He could be doing anything, as long as he was spreading the Gospel the most impactful way he could. He didn’t have to get married, I don’t think he really intends on putting much effort into that at all. He is in school for psychology, but appears to be completely ready to abandon that if God shows him he could spread the Gospel better otherwise.
This is an attidute I rarely, if ever, see in northern christianity. All these great ‘christian’ self-help books on how to be a better person, follow God’s will, find a mate, run a successful ‘christian’ business, have good christian children etc. etc. etc. But how many of these books, these sermons, these lives take any consideration for the Gospel besides a way to improve our lives. I’m quite sure that isn’t the intent of following Jesus. We’re getting distracted by our Christianity. We’re getting distracted by finding a mate. We’re getting distracted by deciding what worship style best suits our needs. We’re getting distracted by being a Christian, instead of just focusing on spreading the Gospel.
I understand God has a will and a plan, but to put attention and effort into anything besides spreading the Gospel seems trite. I’m not saying don’t go to school or don’t look for a mate or don’t get a job. But I think we’re making the mate we haven’t found a god, and we’re making education – even christian education – a god, and we’re making our careers of following God a god.