Fuckin’ Masters, They Don’t Work This Way!

And so we return to the awful confines of my rant about how you shouldn’t be able to get a masters degree in ‘holistic science’, to recap, because it’s not science, is that simple enough? Well not for some people apparently, I’m just on the verge of breaking into their nice little blurb, bear in mind here that they flash all the alternative medicine buzzwords on multiple occasions throughout this leaflet I happen to have found in a ‘spiritual bookshop’ (what does that word even mean in this context? Surely alternative medicine has nothing to do with spirits except for the obvious lack of evidence etc.) which sported quite a few gems including a couple of martial arts leaflets which really got me wondering what they think happens in karate.

Because I did it for many years and I may have got a few belts but I didn’t feel very zen, and let me tell you, calling a builder sensei doesn’t make him seem any more like oogway from kung fu panda than vin diezel.

But that may have been because that character was a tortoise…

Back to my point, which I seem to have strayed from rather extravagantly.

So what does Schumacher college aim to do?

Apparently:

-Engage the whole person in learning how to work effectively in an interdependent world

Now spot the problem with this sentence for me.

That’s right, it doesn’t mean anything, it’s pure jargon, buzzwords they know will get attention despite the meaning of every clause being ridiculously vague. For some people this comes across as mysterious and inviting, but what we should see looking at this sentence is that the people who wrote it were essentially full of it, arrogant enough to assume they didn’t need to do more than hint at something that sounds engaging enough to pull in those of us who are looking for some excitement in our mundane lives so much that their fantasies take over reality.

It’s a little like when you were a child and you thought you were a superhero.

No? Just me?

to continue:

-whilst all of their courses have a focus, they see the greater picture and the important connections between practices and ideas, in that way their programme has grown over the last 20 years to incorporate many aspects of social and environmental concern.

Spot their aim here.

The first half of this sentence is pretty similar to the first, ‘they see the greater picture’ ‘important connections between practices and ideas’, these are meaningless clauses that could be applied to anything and still make as much sense.

Again these are used to pull in the fantasy prone and those looking for a world deeper than the world around them, one that already contains enough magic to keep myself at bay, it’s beautiful, and one thing I really don’t understand is why you’d need anything more than the majesty we see before us.

The last half of the sentence is a rather half arsed attempt at a CV, again, not explaining anything, but writing in a little at the end to try to appeal to those who think that supporting things like alternative medicine and organic food will help the environment.

They won’t, because CAM has been proven not to work, and organic food is unsustainable, and what is environmentalism all about? Sustainability.

Hurrr, sorry that one always confuses me, it’s an extremely counter intuitive stance that many environmental groups fall under with their unconditional love for the naturalistic fallacy.

There may be more on this later, there may not.

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