Acculturation, fate and venting...

Ruby of the Moon's picture

I just started an online course in cultural anthropology. We had an initial class where we had to meet the professor and I was pretty impressed by him. I could feel his passion for anthropology, so I expected that it would be an exciting summer course... WELL... I swear he has been counter-attacking every single thing I have posted online in our class so far! He went as far as to make a blanket statement that, "fate has nothing to do with acculturation" he said that basically he would change my point of view (everything happens for a reason) by the end of the semester. Well, his idea of fate and mine are different...he is looking at it from the point of view of someone that has studied anthropology for years - I had to look up the definition of anthropology in the dictionary after I signed up for this class.. admittedly I am new to this subject.. His idea if fate is that human have no control over their actions... mine is that if I spill my coffee on my only white t-shirt because a crying 2-yr old is wripping off my shirt trying to nurse, than that is my fate.... I made a comment that I felt as if I were an innocent bystandard to the process of acculteration, it was meant to be a joke, but he took it so seriously and said that "people often feel that they are innocent bystandards to the bad things that are happening in other countries because they are uneducated" NO SH$T I'm uneducated on the freaking topic, that's why I am taking this class. You can tell that I am po'd. I am trying to look at this with an open mind, maybe I am just being too emotional..