A Tale of a Working Student
Life is not fair. People desperately want it to be but it just isn’t. Justice is a man-made concept because we just love to make meaning out of everything- we want everything to be explained and served with a side dish of logic. Well, the Universe is a fixed menu restaurant and Chef has already splashed a spoon full of “predetermined’’ on your plate. But enough with deterministic negativity. We are here to talk about students and work. More precisely, students who have to work while studying.
You see, not all of us have the privilege to live inside the fruity bubble called student life, as many of my lecturers seem to believe – no! Some of us have to also work in order to pay our rents on time. And this is where determinism stops- or at least pauses for a little while: Your own determination is all you are going to need. Oh! And also a lot of luck; a brave sip of honey milk from the Horn of Amalthia or the Horn of Plenty.
What on earth am I talking about, you ask?
Zeus and the Goat
Let me tell you a little story. You see when Zeus was born (yes I am Greek so it is ancient Greek mythology story time) his father Cronus was not happy about it. In fact, he was so afraid that he would lose his throne as King of the Universe that he would gladly swallow every child his sister and lovely wife Rhea, gave birth to.
But Rhea had different plans for Zeus. Perhaps since she got bored of all her children being swallowed by their father, she decided to hide the baby in Creta. I better get to my point. You see, Amalthia was a goat -yes a goat!
This goat would then go on keeping company to baby Zeus and also feeding him. One day baby Zeus, who was not exactly an ordinary baby but a future King of the Gods and the Master of Lighting, broke one of Amalthia’s horns during their playtime.
Amalthia was sad, so Zeus took the broken horn and promised that this horn from now on will be a symbol of wealth and profusion. From that day on, this horn would produce anything their owner could imagine. It became an artifact that would bring luck and joy to their owner –and also would serve as a cool cup for Zeus’s honey milk.
Work hard. Really hard.
This is what you need then; juuuust a little sip of Zeus’s cup and a lot of motivation and hard work. Because ancient magic artifacts may not exist, but extraordinary, hardcore people do. You have to become one of those people and beat the odds on behalf of all of us. There is not enough space for all of us in Cronus’ belly.