Top 10 responses to this lovely student memo - - - - - - - ->
(Original student memo not provided here.)
 
1. It certainly is real "God-like" to hide as a coward behind an anonymous letter!
 
2. So let me get this straight: you have the right to freedom of speech on my office door memo board. But I do not have the right to freedom of speech on my office door memo board. Hmm.
 
3. If you also do not wish to have your intellect "swelled," then may I suggest that it makes no sense for you to hang out within an institution of higher learning. 'Tis a waste of your time and money, and is a highly inefficient method for remaining an ignoramus.
 
4. Grammatically, learn how to use a "gerund" properly.
 
5. Excuse me, I believe it is you who have been brainwashed. Demonstrate the independent conscious existence of your so-called "god", and then we'll talk.
P.S., Read the Emperor's New Clothes. (That's a hint. Get it!)
 
6. Isn't it embarrassing for mankind that, in the 21st century (yep, A.D.), this kind of mental Neanderthal still exists.
 
7. It is I that find you to be quite a "negative person." An individual that requires a "god" in order to be an ethically-sound person, and to have a sense of meaning in life, is a "negative" person. He or she relies on fantasy and on that which is unreal, and will be the ultimate cause of human extinction on Earth. An individual that takes responsibility for his or her own beliefs, actions and humanity is a "positive" person. There are so few "positive" people on the Earth! It gets rather distressing. (It is only this great lack of fellow "positive" people that you, dear "negative" person, notice about me. . . just sufficient for you to attempt getting away with reversing the definitions of "positive" and "negative." Good try! But, sorry, not good enough!)
 
8. Talk about an ego! So, do you always sign your letters "Love, God." Ahh, which do you prefer: (a) people bowing down to you, (b) people making joyful noise (ugh! This is a College of Fine Arts), (c) human sacrifice.
 
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10. OK, OK, OK, so have I fulfilled your smug, self-righteous expectations (assuming you had any at all) that I respond to your letter in some sarcastic manner? Well, good. If you're ready to talk like a member of the intelligent species that is called "human," I am ready to acknowledge your humanity and begin to talk to you as if you had half a brain.
 

 
 
Jody Nagel
August 16, 2001
 
 
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