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A Matter of Perspective

Honestly, I am not sure what is happening to our world. I mean, a lot is going on from invasions and threatened invasions to mass killings to individual murders and general mayhem.

But I am starting to understand a little better when I recently read in the February 21, 2022 issue of People Magazine that there is a college course at the New York University that examines “both the appeal and aversions to Taylor Swift through close readings of her music and public discourse.”

WHAT? This is an actual course? WHAT?

If you want to have a reason that our young people are growing up with no sense of responsibility or knowledge of what is happening in the world, apparently we should send them to college so they can get “immersed” in courses like this!

According to an article on Newsmax, “Rolling Stone journalist and NYU alumna Brittany Spanos teaches the course, which began on January 26 and continues until March 9, and which analyzes Swift’s evolution as a musician, businesswoman, entrepreneur, country singer and pop sensation.”

Okay, I can maybe see how this might be somewhat useful as an inspirational-type thing.

However, I am not sure I would justify the cost of the course for the content!

Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Taylor Swift. Even though I am not much of a country music fan, I enjoy her country songs nearly as much as I do her pop songs.

She has made some good and bad decisions in her life—just like the rest of us. I don’t think most of us would become the subject of a course of study, though!

When our universities teach courses like this, it does not surprise me that our world is doomed. Well, maybe “doomed” is too strong a word. Perhaps more like “We get what we deserve.”

When we idolize people or things, we are not making choices that will enhance and sustain us or our world for the long term.

I think a course like this could be very beneficial if it were taught more as a course on decision making and how our decisions can impact our careers and future lives. A mention of Taylor Swift would be a fun way to make it relatable.

I can tell you this, I won’t be running out to sign up for “Swift 102” anytime soon!



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