Timmy the Pet Rock to the Rescue!
April 11, 2013
Have you ever had that guttural, "oh no…" feeling when you realize that big paper you were assigned at the beginning of the year will be due in the next week or so, and you haven’t really done much?
We’ve all been there, me more so than I’d like to admit. We all get busy in our lives, caught up in daily activities like friends, family, video games, soccer, disc golf, and the like.
Actually, I had this happen last week! I had to write a 6-8 page paper for my ethical theory class, and I had no clue where to begin. I had a really hard time getting started.
Let me set the scene for you: The book was open; I was looking through all of the readings on Kantian ethics, moral relativism, utilitarianism, and virtue ethics, but no matter how hard I searched, I could not for the life of me figure it out, much less write about.
I looked at my pet rock, Tim, and said, "Well, Timmy I what should I do?" Of course, being a rock, he didn’t respond, all to my slight dismay. As I sat there waiting for the silence to linger between us, I noticed the flecks of metal in Tim’s surface reflecting the midday sunlight back onto my walls. "A light shining in the dark!," I shouted with my epiphany. I knew what I would write about, Kantian ethics (focusing on our underlying principles as the only things of moral worth) and how it provides the best answer to finding happiness (being happy knowing that we are doing the right things for the right reason, not necessarily because they produce the right results).
From there, it was simple, and I had 10 pages written in four hours. I was able to turn it in on time, and I got to play Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 later that night. Overall, I had a good day of productivity and fun. And then the next day, I revised my paper twice to be sure it was in tiptop shape. I dedicated it to my pet rock Timmy for his help in getting me started on it.
Pet Rocks, great paper weights and little guys full of potential inspiration for a student with writer’s block. Not so great for conversations, though.