Practicing Paranoia

I‘ve seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked -- Allen Ginsburg, Howl

I could be wrong, but I think Ginsburg was talking about the effects of a college’s bureaucracy on undergraduates when he wrote that line. It was either that or drug addiction. At any rate this chapter is all about protecting you from your school’s bureaucracy. It’s out to get you. Oh, your administrators will tell you otherwise, but they have to or the bureaucracy will attack them while they sleep. The bureaucracy will come bounding out of the dark to trap them or you or anyone it can. Don’t ask why. I don’t know. It’s just its nature. I have a solution to all this -- just be paranoid.

Practicing paranoia is like breathing; you should be doing it all of the time you are enrolled in college. Take this for example; every semester, I dutifully enter my students’ grades. I check and recheck to make sure there are no mistakes and every semester I get an email from two or three students who received the wrong grade. Scary, huh? Question everything and be paranoid about everything. Let me show you how . . .