Relentless: A How to Guide
Written by Bwog Staff
Mariela Quintana reflects on a day of reflection and offers suggestions to make this year’s Lent the most productive (and honest) one yet.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40 day period of prayer, penitence and self-denial before Easter. Lent is a theologically complex and profoundly spiritual time for Christians and requires a much more thorough explanation than I am capable of giving or than you, most likely, are interested in hearing.
I am sure, however, that many of you are familiar with Lent’s most prominent tradition: the 40 day period of abstinence. For both Christians and heathens alike, Ash Wednesday raises numerous questions, Why does everyone seeming to have schmutz on their faces? How long do I have to wait to wipe the ash off? Can I celebrate Mardi Gras on Ash Wednesday if I campaigned for McCain last night? And the most common question of all is, of course: what should I give up?
Forgoing alcohol, meat or chocolate are all common options. But I think it would be far more meaningful to come up with something more original. Below, a top ten list of things that I, and all Columbia students, might consider giving up for Lent. The unbaptized and the atheistic should not shy away, everyone’s a candidate for self-improvement!
10. Using Wikipedia as a scholarly resource.
9. Getting HamDel to deliver to your dorm room in Hartley.
8. Allowing the housing lottery to destroy friendships
7. Smoking when you are drunk if you don’t smoke sober (Why would you do it drunk?)
6. Feeling guilty about smoking.
5. Telling Barnard jokes
4. Using Hume as a substitute for religion.
3. Claiming to be a Pynchophile after only reading The Crying of Lot 49
2. Abbreviating bourgeoisie, Le Corbusier and Nabokov to bougie, Le Corb and Nabs, respectively
1. Charging your bar tab to your parents’ credit card.