In case you are just seeing this now, last night I wrote a blog post called “What Study Drugs Tell Us About Society”. The response was nothing like what I imagined.
There were many strong reactions both for and against my opinions expressed in the post, including two extremely eloquent, well-articulated responses countering much of what I expressed in my post (http://get–lit.tumblr.com/post/104545845400/but-your-gpa-matters and http://get–lit.tumblr.com/post/104545933215/on-study-drugs … please give them a read! if you found anything I had to say intriguing/fascinating/agreeable/infuriating/offensive or all of the above, then I am sure you will enjoy reading these two responses. Both bring up excellent points). The authors of these posts and I have discussed and reached understandings as to the contents of all these three posts, and because of this I feel I owe readers a bit of an explanation:
I appreciate that there is effort being made to generate multiple viewpoints surrounding the topic of study drugs. Obviously yes, some of my points are quite idealistic and not practical for the real world at this point in time- this post was more of a way of expressing my own personal opinions surrounding the topic. Impractical? Probably-but it is still a medium of expression and had I not posted it, it could not have elicited other people’s consideration, which was necessary for providing a counterargument to my views. I, like many other students, am concerned about my GPA and the effects that it will have in the long term, and I agree with many counterarguments that people have brought to my attention, as they have all been presented in an extremely logical, mature. and clear fashion.
This was simply a piece of personal opinion- I have friends that have used and will continue to use study drugs and that is not to say that I think what they are doing is wrong for them. It is more along the lines of why, at this point in time, I choose not to use them and what I think something as simple as this study aid tells us about academic competition as a whole. Obviously having never used them I am not an expert on the topic and it was not my intention to come off that way. Having said that I just wanted to say that I openly thank those who oppose my opinion for expressing themselves and giving people a chance to look at the other side of the issue.
My purpose of writing last night’s post, and by extension, all past/future posts, is not to convince people that there is a right or wrong answer to these kinds of contentious issues. If you agree with parts and/or all of what I have to say, then that’s great, but it is equally as important, if not more, that people disagree with what I have to say and explain why. This allows them, as well as everyone who comes across these discussions in the future, to think critically about this issue from multiple perspectives. Obviously there is no clear right or wrong answer to this topic, which is why it is imperative that a discussion should take place. Too often, people choose sides of a debate without fully forming an opinion on the topic at hand so it is great that people have been responding from all different points of view, and thereby allowing other readers to have access to all sides of the story. Again, my purpose for writing this post was not to convince people that study drugs are bad and everyone should stop taking them this instant. My purpose was to get people to think critically about the issue and the fact that the responses have been so well-thought and multifaceted leads me to believe I have succeeded in this purpose.
On a final note, if you do plan on reading any posts I happen to write in the near future, know this: I am not the type of girl who will write weekly blog posts about healthy eating, DIYs, or the life of my cat (mostly because I don’t have one). There is nothing wrong with these types of blogs, and they exist for a reason. However that is not my reason for writing about these types of topics. I will at times (as demonstrated) openly invite controversy, as I believe that it allows everyone involved to grow.
I still stand by what I wrote, but I have also had the privilege of being treated to multiple points of view that I had not considered prior to writing the post. I value everyone’s opinion as much as my own, and the nice thing about opinions is that they can always change. And on that note, I openly invite anyone who has anything to say about this topic as well as future topics to try and change mine.