13 Apr, 2013
Hookups Starve the Soul
In the essay “Hookups Starve the Soul” by Laura Vanderkam, we are given “insight” into college life and what the students may do with their free time. At first glance it may seem that Vanderkam is writing her essay and directing it towards students, but she is in fact directing it towards the parents and it seems that the audience is a hostile one too. Vanderkam tries to explain to the parents what is possibly and probably going on that they may not know about, and that it all falls on the parents, that it is their own fault. Her thesis being; “Some blame the sexual revolution. Some blame co-ed dorms and alcohol abuse. I blame something else.” Throughout Vanderkam’s essay she uses a logical argument, which is somewhat reasonable with supporting evidence. She also tries to establish credibility in her paper, and unfortunately her essay is saturated with logical fallacies.
Vanderkam’s argument is that because children, from an early age, are overscheduled they do not have time to stop and “smell the roses” and then ask “why?” This, in my opinion, is not a strong argument. She speaks of the soul but fails to explain what the purpose of the soul is or why it is necessary. The argument falls apart because the term soul has many meanings pertaining to different things, such as religion or more specifically Christianity states that most Christians understand the soul as an ontological reality distinct from, yet integrally connected with, the body. Its characteristics are described in moral, spiritual, and philosophical terms. In terms of science and medicine; they seek naturalistic accounts of the observable natural world. This stance is known as methodological naturalism. Much of the scientific study relating to the soul has involved investigating the soul as an object of human belief, or as a concept that shapes cognition and an understanding of the world, rather than as an entity in and of...