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Just like a college student studying for a test, I find myself analyzing everything these days. Whether I’m sitting on a bench watching people walk by, or sitting at my computer composing something interesting and thoughtful, I cannot seem to make a move without analysis (akin to a professor getting ready to teach an educational student). Is it no wonder that most college textbooks nowadays are about analysis? If I were to place books into various categories, the six most important categories I can think of are as follows:

  • Educational Materials (textbooks and college books).
  • Literature (stories and writings).
  • Entertainment (magazine-style books and fiction).
  • Thought and Inspirational Books (religious materials and scripture).
  • Reference Books (dictionaries, formula books, and charts).
  • Compendiums (big textbooks of lists and facts all gathered together).

Here is some background on the point I am trying to make. In one town, I know of a company that processes a great deal of books (mostly college textbooks). A lot of sorting goes on in that facility. When college and university students are finished with their books, they might try to find someone that wants to buy the ones they don’t want. In the olden days, people going to college would likely buy their books from the college’s bookstore, and then when they are through with the books, they’d sell them back to their bookstore. Nowadays, lots of students go to reputable places to purchase media like this one to buy their books, and then when they want to get money for the materials they’ve used, particularly college books, they would sell textbooks to an online book buyer (i.e. “textbook sales”). On the face of it, one may think those companies simply process books without much ado. However, quite a bit of sorting, classification, and grouping of books must take place. A textbook selling company may have books grouped as to their classification (using the aforementioned list, for example), and a book-buying company will have their buying lists sorted by author, title, or ISBN number. The point is, analysis and conceptualization comes into the picture. For an end result (in this case, a buying and selling transaction) to take place, there must be some organization. Whether the organizing be done via collating materials, or classifying documents as to their function, analysis is still being used! A college student that buys a book, studies it, and then sells it at a later time has assimilated the information, and then moves on to the next area of study (or information gathering).

So, when I begin to find myself analyzing a topic, I think of those students, those books, and reading materials being gathered and classified so that an optimum level of study takes place. Only then can I consider myself to be a student of life, and a perpetual learner. Gathering my notes, my thoughts, and my faculties, I move from step-to-step, carrying the knowledge I have previously gained into the next field I venture into. Whether I learn from a college textbook, or a professor, the end result is always the same: facts are things to be learned, known, and assimilated.


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Happy New Year! I just went online and looked at what the opening dates are for many academic institutions, various colleges, and a number of universities. Some of them open this week. For example, the University of California at Riverside begins their quarter on January 2, 2013, and the University of Chicago begins on January 7, 2013. I believe the beginning of quarters and semesters usually depend on how many days there are for classes, as well as how early (or late) classes finished before the holiday season. I find it very interesting that multitudes of students will be sitting in class, with an attentive attitude, learning lots of things within the next few days!

Today, however, is New Year’s day, and almost everything around here is closed, or open for a short while. I respect and admire all those that are working today. I wonder if my readers share my sentiment when I mention that when everything is closed, it is kind of ghostly and unnervingly quiet. I kind of like it when things are open, when there is a lot of activity. Just the other day, I told someone how there are two similar shopping stores right next to each other; one is always bright, busy and full of activity, but the other one is quiet, lonely, and they even have some of the lights turned off. My very favorite shopping mall of all times was one I visited nearly 30 years ago, which actually had carpet! A carpeted mall! Every shop was interesting; there was a pretzel shop, a store that sold various teas, many candy shops, and lots of really bright, fun, and busy department stores. Nowadays, that same mall has all of the carpet removed, many of the stores I used to go to are closed, there is no tea store, and the candy shops moved across the street. I don’t visit that mall any more. Maybe my attitude has remained the same, and even though malls without carpet are awesome, I still like malls with carpet. With the right attitude, no matter where I am at, or what I am doing, everything seems bright. Whether I am learning or shopping, or simply celebrating New Year’s Day, I’m happy.

learning and shopping and studying

What’s the point of the preceding paragraph? Liveliness, perhaps? Or, learning to be lively in spite of signs and pointers at things that are on the quiet side? No matter where we are, or what we do (or when we are doing what we’re doing), we can focus on ourselves, and be true to the joy of our own spirit. If one is in a mall with no carpet, or a brightly lit carpeted shop, there is always some sort of joy to be found. For me, thinking about all the institutions of higher education opening up for spring quarter (or the continuation of winter semester, or whatever you want to call it), brings a lot of gratitude and peace to my mind. Within a day, or a few days, college and university students everywhere will be learning all kinds of new things, reading awesome textbooks and learning various topics from their knowledgeable professors and instructors. The future, indeed, seems really great.

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