In wake of the chaos that was going on outside our library last week, I’ve got to say I’m a little on edge. I knew that guy out there was shouting things that were completely unnecessary and it bothered me.
Actually, it bothered me that it bothered me.
So I walked away.
Before I get too far into this, this is not a religious rant, although I know it could be. I’m sure you will hear a lot of those from someone else. Instead, I’d like to point out something else that I took from that scene.
It was unusual to me to see a campus that was shaken from the stupor of indifference that we normally seem to be in (I’m including myself, obviously), but I didn’t notice how stark of a contrast our culture is to that of Americas past until I was watching a show later that night. (Okay, it was Downton Abbey. No making fun please.) There was a scene in which the host of a party literally stopped what everyone was doing in order to announce that the World War I had started.
Other than 9-11, is there any point in the last 11 years where nearly the whole country simultaneously stopped to think about the war we have been involved in for the last decade? When there is a day that several soldiers are killed overseas, do we even realize what’s happened?
Maybe it’s time for us to be bothered about things. Maybe it’s time for us to see something in the world that we believe in and go out and do something about it. Without wishing to go full-hippy, Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
I’d like us to take it one step farther and change the change we wish to see in the world.
With all the technology that we are given, it would be easy to keep up with what’s going on in the world, to start making a difference, yet we tend to instead take comfort in our “stuff”. Facebook, Twitter, cat videos, etc. Again, myself included. I’m in no place to throw stones, I’m sure I’ve put about 50 views on Psy’s Gangam Style.
However, one of my teachers used to constantly tell our class something along the lines of “who are you expecting to do it for you?”
I could sit here and throw out motivational quotes all day, but the bottom line is this: nobody will make our lives better for us. No political candidate, no teacher, no parents, nobody.
College is time where we make ourselves into who we are going to be. If we’re not doing it now, when will we start?