While looking for something else entirely, I chanced upon a sort of online journal kept by one of my students. I’m not going to link to it, because I don’t want to send my minuscule audience there, so you’ll have to take my word about the contents. I like this student – he’s intelligent, original in his thinking, and pretty diligent. He’s also a Goth, with the standard-issue monochromatic clothes, multiple piercings, and, no doubt, tattoos.
He writes about his life, which seems to consist entirely of getting stoned, getting pissed, or both, playing computer games, and going to see bands with names like “Necrophagists”. What really struck me, though, was the air of nihilist despair that hangs over the whole thing. Everything is shit, life is shit, university is shit, etc etc. The witty and clever young man I see in the classroom is transformed in the journal into a raging misanthrope, apparently devoid of any sense of hope or ambition. Sad to see someone of that age as cynical as someone of my age…

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