float55 wrote:middlebear wrote:float55 wrote:float55 wrote:My long-term hope is to focus on defending civil liberties as a practicing attorney, and ideally as a public intellectual as well.
Some people are pretending that this sentence proves I'm some kind of egomaniac who needs to be taken down a peg. Yes, the term "public intellectual" has a pretentious ring to it, but I tried to mitigate that by saying I "hope" to "ideally" become a public intellectual, thus acknowledging that it's a difficult status to achieve, and that it might not be in the cards for me. I could have said "I'd love to someday advocate for civil liberties in the public media."
OK, so this is coming from a "trying to help you so you know what you sound like" place, honestly not trying to be mean: in my honest opinion, that is the sort of thing you don't cop to.
Thank you -- I absolutely see your point, and I wouldn't say what I said about the whole public intellectual thing to my peers upon meeting them, since, yeah, it could sound obnoxious. But I hope that you'd agree that people on this thread are getting on my case about it mainly because they passed judgment on me over political stuff, and now they're looking for ways to attack me. And, so, this is what I'm worried about in law school: being maliciously scrutinized by self-righteous zealots who just can't wait for an excuse to attack my character. I'm hoping to find a mature, respectful community that gives people the benefit of the doubt when they say something iffy. But I guess that's even more naïve than trying to be the next Chomsky!
Your martyr shtick is tired as fuck, dude. I'm a republican and get along pretty well with people here and did so in law school too. Perhaps you're just a social dumpster fire.