Joe Kalicki

Reflection #3

Oh beautiful, yet terrifying aulos, how thy shrieking shrill drones lilt along like a rough machine churning in the Attican night. Your melody is not very melodic, but your harmonies are still somehow harmonic, in the least your dissonance sounds alright. Bad poetry aside, working to deliver our groups description of Debra Hawhee’s Bodily Pedagogies along with the aulos was quite a simple task. Cutting our individual pieces to fit the ~2 minutes came down to the last second, but the “performance” went better than I think we all expected. As long as one spoke at the pacing of the underlying drum, then nothing would be out of sync. The biggest barrier was probably getting people to be enthusiastic about it, as no one really spoke loud enough. But seeing as most people possess some variety of fear of public speaking, it’s fairly understandable. I chose to mention the aspects of deportment, which the Greeks viewed as a crucial aspect of your quality as a person. If someone walked around all day slouching or lazing about, they were to be viewed as foolish goofs. A true, eloquent man would walk with shoulders pulled back to allow for good posture and he would walk with a powerful consistent gait. One must be clean and well-presented, otherwise how are we to tell you from a street urchin (though this rule was oft broken by many great Greek thinkers)? I think all of these concepts are applicable today. When speaking, in particular, one’s body language is supremely important in how the crowd reacts to you. Even if you are giving a convincing argument with your logic and rhetoric, you must also deliver it in a manner that doesn’t undercut your representation as an orator. You must stare your audience in the eye until they accept every word and wait on your next with bated breath. What obviously jumps out at me while reading the text and still bothers me to no end is the unbelievably rampant sexism. I know we’ve gone over this and had to simply accept it as a fact, but I do hope that no female students would ever feel like some of these concepts don’t apply to them. I’m always wondering why those who hold power that oppress members of society don’t realize that if everyone was to have the opportunity to express themselves and be educated enough to speak in formal settings, that the truly brightest and most creative people would be exposed. I’m angered to no end thinking of all the potentially great Greek women who were ignored. Not to mention the male and female slaves who were in the same predicament. I will definitely be taking these skills into account in further speaking engagements. I recall my public speaking class at TCC wherein I gave a wonderfully detailed, long speech on the changes to come in the music industry. When receiving reviews from my classmates I found out I had not been facing them at least 60% of time. I was certain I had been, but I was too preoccupied with speaking that I ignored all of my body’s positioning. Furthermore, as you are likely unaware seeing as I mostly wear pants, I am an amputee, which leads to my having some strange looking stances. I’ve tried to counteract this by having proper posture and speaking in a clear and commanding way. That hopefully distracts people from my potential awkwardness.

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