Oppositions at the U of M
Common oppositions between the life of an average college student at the University of Minnesota and his or her surrounding environment:
Opposition 1: The walker vs. the bikers.
Basically, the problem is that the walkers are often at the mercy of the bikers when crossing the paths to get to class; if the bikers don’t stop or swerve, it would be likely that an innocent walker would be severely injured or even killed.
There are several options for resolving the opposition at hand, the first being elimination. It would be possible, although tedious, to annihilate the bikes, either by some sort of explosive device, or during a large burning ceremony. Without the opposing force, there is no opposition.
Another slightly impossible solution would be to cross the opposition by bike path. This highly dangerous feat would indeed solve the problem of getting to class without being hit by a bike, but on the other hand, crossing a bike path has a huge potential risk: the walkers’ lives.
The walkers could let the opposition sculpt their path, as the walkers would have to walk along side and around every bike path in order to avoid the busy traffic and potential danger, however they would still be able to get to class.
The way most walkers decide to solve this ongoing opposition is to merely think about the probability of them actually getting hit and how many students actually get hit by a bike each day. If they decided to be totally safe, they wouldn’t walk on any road, sidewalk, or bridge after all.
Opposition 2: the student vs. math class.
Math class is a quite annoying problem in the university world. Most students despise math class. The ones that enjoy math are still irritated by its busy daily work, and the task of attending class every day is bothersome.
Some wise students completed certain redundancies as responses to cope with math in the university setting before they entered college by taking AP classes, AP tests, CIS, and other such programs. The strategy here is that if the AP classes didn’t give them enough credit to be exempt from college math requirements, the AP tests would, and if those failed they would enroll in the college in the schools math program, and as a last resort, the opposition would take into effect.
Crossing the opposition would also work here, as many students choose to simply take the math courses in college with potential to fail. Things such as tutors can help them accomplish this task and they would be more able to overcome the opposition (pass math and never have to take it again!)
Elimination of the opposition would consist of doing whatever it takes (persuasion, ransom, bribes, terrorism etc) to talk the university in removing math classes from its requirements to graduate. This, as one could imagine, would be the most difficult of resolutions one could partake in.
Finally, the opposition could (as it sometimes does) sculpt the student into actually enjoying math lectures and/or homework and wanting to pursue a career in mathematics.
Indeed it is a university of oppositions within a world of infinite oppositions, but there are always ways to resolve them. Some indeed are more obvious than others and even smarter or easier than others. Oppositions literally can be anything, and therefore there are oppositions at the university that range from obnoxious dining hall hours, to the climate changes, to the roommates, to the freshman fifteen. I find however, that our world is made up of purely oppositions and that solving others merely brings up new and interesting oppositions that the world can further live with. Oppositions in my opinion make the world an interesting, edgy, and spontaneous place to live, and i couldn't imagine anything different. It would be a reward to complete an opposition and therefore open up another whole world of possibilities through the new opposition that has occurred. For example, upon solving the problem of transportation with automobiles, there had to then be safety features. After that there must have been style/aesthetic issues, and in our current world today the focus is on fuel-efficient features. Upon solving this problem there will open up a new and challenging opposition ready to be adventured and finally resolved. It's like a comic book, a soap opera, or a movie with several sequels.
I think this is the Land Before Time 11... talk about sequels...