Abandon Text!

W. H. Auden once said: "Poems are not finished; they are abandoned." I have been abandoning writing projects for many years, since only the pressure of deadline and high expectations ever got me to finish, or even start, anything of merit. This blog is an attempt to create a more consistent, self-directed writing habit. Hopefully a direction and voice will emerge.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Say it again

Every semester, we go through the same process at the Self Knowledge Symposium -- we ask ourselves, "How do we tell people what we are?" The answer keeps changing. Not because our values or mission are changing, necessarily . . . although some of that is happening, too. It's also because the people we're talking to are changing; the culture is changing. The language that inspired me when I was in college is not necessarily what will reach students today. And, come to think of it, even the language we used before wasn't all that great.

I wrote some copy for an email blast, and some of the students flunked it. "Don't make it sound like SKS is for broken people. People don't go to college to find the meaning of their lives -- that's not how they think about it. People go to clubs because they want to make friends and find out what they're interested in. Make sure they understand that we're not trying to tell them what to think."

So I took another whack at it. Here's the result:

Subject: SKS starts this MONDAY @ 7:30 pm -- NEWCOMERS WELCOME

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

meeting Mondays, 7:30 pm
220 Saunders starting next week, January 22.

Refreshments provided. Newcomers welcome!

The Self Knowledge Symposium is a student group dedicated to talking about things that matter.

So...what matters?

Only you can answer that for sure...but we have some pretty good ideas:
Finding the truth matters.
Being true to yourself matters.
Doing the right thing matters.
Finding out what life has to offer you, matters.
Finding out what you can offer to the world, matters.

For lack of a better word, we call it spiritual seeking: finding the truth about yourself and the world, and living in accordance with your highest ideas. We don'thave the answers, but we DO think we're asking theright questions.

In the meetings, our conversation is both philosophical and deeply personal. You'll do more than talk about ideas and issues; you'll get to know people beyond the superficial.You'll make some of the most important friendships of your life.

Outside the meetings, you'll get to put your ideals into action. The SKS encourages and supports people to"run experiments" with their life, to test their ideasin the real world.
Questions? Email us at xyz@email.unc.edu, or checkout our website at http://www.selfknowledge.org/
See you next week.



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