I’m Gonna Find Another You to Turn Me On = John Mayer’s “I’m Gonna Find Another You” + Norah Jones’ “Turn Me On”
Each time I tried to play one, I somehow veered into the other - so I figured, hey, maybe I could put them together.
3 hours of sleep the day before Spring Break officially begins -> time to decompress. To the practice rooms!
In this recording, my Singaporean-ness - or at least non-Western-ness - is definitely showing. No matter how hard I try, I’m never really going to capture blues vowels/voice, I guess! Well, we do our best.
It kind of reminds me of the way Coryn was doing her best to make me say “banana” as many times as possible yesterday (I say “buh-nah-nuh,” not “buh-nan-nuh”; the latter still feels forced, most of the time). Banana. Banana. Bannaahhhna. Shrug. I like it.
There are days when I still daydream. I’ll nip to Marks & Sparks, choose one of their gorgeously yummy sweets, leave from the backdoor, potter down Pembroke Street, cross the pebbled road, heave open that heavy door, say hello to Richard the Porter, duck through the archway to Chapel quad, climb up the stairs and curl up on my window seat in Staircase 12, munching on my new treat between sips of tea, looking out at Old Tom.
Someday, I hope I’ll express my faith as eloquently as Mr. Mark Rafferty. (:
It can seem a bit unprogressive to deepen our faiths at Tufts. How can we learn about neurology, the laws of physics and chemistry and the religious conflicts burning around the globe, and not become disillusioned with seemingly outmoded religious myths? Whether we are philosophy students or engineers−to−be, we’re here to learn about knowledge, not about superstition. There seems to be a contradiction in carrying both a Bible and a biology textbook in the same backpack.
Many solve this dilemma by putting academics and religious beliefs in different halves of their brains. Sunday mornings may be time to pray but Monday mornings are time to study the real world. For students who find inherent contradictions between academia and faith, this compartmentalization may be the only way to retain both. But, in my opinion, to see such a dichotomy between religious faith and “real knowledge” misses the essence of both.
For me, knowledge about the world and religious faith go hand in hand because both are based on our intellects and observations from life experience. The 4.6 billion−year history of the Earth is explained by geology, and economics and sociology offer compelling explanations of human interactions. But underneath all of those answers lie more unsatisfied questions, most of which begin with “Why?” Why did history happen the way it did? Why do humans make the same mistakes over and over again? Why do money and power leave people perpetually unsatisfied? Why did time begin anyway?
For me, faith in God does what no science can do: It takes the vast wealth of information and facts in the universe and makes them intensely personal. It turns the story of the world — with its physical machinations and social structures — into the story of humanity. My story. Our story. A story that predicts a mind−boggling ending in which justice, goodness and love prevail.
It is also important to let our academic knowledge inform our faiths. When reading a religious text, it is crucial to understand the historical and social context of its writing — otherwise it’s true meaning will be lost. We can compare different belief systems around the world, observe their commonalities and challenge ourselves to expand the horizons of our beliefs. If we take the time to study the awful mistakes made by religious leaders in the past, we can look more critically at our own faith communities and resolve to transform them into agents of peace and justice.
Most of us came to Tufts because we wanted to learn how to think and how to develop a worldview. The worldview that I’d like to develop is an integrated and coherent one; that is, one in which all my beliefs support each other in some way and there is no need for compartmentalization. Critical thinking means connecting ideas in my head and rigorously testing each one. If I ever come to a point where I learn uncontestable facts about the world that are incompatible with my religious beliefs, I’ll have to let go of those beliefs. But I’m not expecting that to happen. I’m confident that like many other students here, I’ll continue to be able to draw wisdom from my faith that gives true meaning and depth to what I learn in the classroom.