Welcome to Fall Semester 2016 in Mr. Abee's English class. This is going to be a great year, just like the last one.
Here's what I dream this class to be, what I dream all of my classes to be: I want you all to become poets and philosophers while in this class. Why? Because that is the deep way, that is what being a human being is all about. It's about being creative and thinking about the big picture, it's about singing who you are, and looking into yourself for the reasons, all the reasons.This is what language is all about. It's why we speak and write. We become poets, to speak magic into the air, to breathe magic into ourselves, to be alive in the words we speak to each other, to the streets, to the distant and the near, to the stars, and all the cars, and each other again, and finally ourselves, Finally and primarily OURSELVES.
And philosophers, yes, I want you to become philosophers too. This is what we do every day when we say yes to anything, or no to the other things. When we decide anything, we do so based on belief and reason. Who we are is what we decide and what we believe, and believe has to stretch all the way into the past and the future that we hold in our bones, right now. Thus any decision we make makes us philosophers, aka one who thinks about what we are and why we are. I want you to be able to explain your beliefs, to hold them up to reason, to open them up and spread them out and see where they go, and see who those beliefs turn into. You will meet a lot of people on the way. Hopefully, one of them is yourself. :)