I began this blog with the intention of chronicling my experiences in a philosophy master’s degree program. Well, graduate school is over with and I did very little writing here. That is not to say that there was nothing to share; on the contrary, my experiences over the past two years led to a deep critical engagement with myself, causing me to grapple with who I was and who I would eventually be should I continue down the academic path. My graduate school experience showed me the ugly side of philosophy as a profession and sometime during my second semester I began to turn a critical analysis on the classroom and the university system as whole. I began to lose interest in the discipline as I burned out over long papers and course material I could no longer identify with. As my interest waned, my relationships with my classmates became strained and by the end of my program I had become removed from department functions and extracurricular activities related to the philosophy department. In the meantime I became acquainted with American pragmatism, discovered Marx, Machiavelli, and (re-discovered) Nietzsche. The culmination of these influences, along with inspiration drawn from John Dewey and Cornel West, pushed me to take a more active role in my community and I began attending demonstrations off campus. My classwork over the past seven months took a back seat to my community engagement, and though I received high marks in my classes during this time, my heart was some place else.
I now look forward to the future, and I expect that along the way this blog will be resurrected. In addition, I have worked with members of the Indianapolis community to launch a local media blog titled Solidarity: A Grassroots Collective. This was a lot of work, and continues to be a lot of work. We accept submissions from the community and help in the editing and publishing process. We also try and keep up on community events and promote and cover protests in the area. I am also currently working on a series for SolidarityGRC that focuses on the need to raise the minimum wage in Indiana. Time will tell how this project pans out. I will work from a distance on SolidarityGRC, as I am currently packing my bags to move to Seattle, Washington to be with my wife. Wrapping up this self-involved post, I ask that you check out my other project SolidarityGRC. Our most recent post comes from an Indianapolis citizen who reflects on the Israeli-Palestinian two state solution and draws a parallel to the United States, asking us to think about what might have happened in the U.S. had we gone the path of a two state solution rather than desegregation. Check it out here: http://www.solidaritygrc.org/message-from-the-grassroots-it-could-have-been-us/