Ignorance of the Youth
by, 5th October 2008 at 14:01 (2083 Views)
The other day I was talking to some younger students of my school and I told them that I had been at the library. "Why?" they asked me. "Because," I responded, "I was educating myself." A blank look came to the faces of the students. I guess they saw no point in my educating myself outside of the grossly biased education system under which we were supposed to be learning. They were not the first: many people, the majority of whom are my peers, see no point in reading about things like philosophy, politics, history, etc. This scares me. On one hand, I've been told by one portion of my peers that our generation will be one of revolution. On the other hand, I witness firsthand the indifference of some of my peers as to what goes on in our world, and I see stark contradiction to the supposed "revolutionary" nature that my more educted peers seem to possess. The reasons why so many of my peers could care less is because they have been living in comfort for so long that they don't realize that that comfort can only last so long. Once they become financially and socially independent, they must begin to think for themselves. When this happens, they'll realize that shit costs money. No more parental guidance and teachers coddling you: you're on your own. This is when they will realize that life is perhaps harder than they thought, and that they wish it were different. DIFFERENT. Well, maybe if you had cared about this earlier instead of putting it aside, you would know what to do.
You see, my peers' main focus is on school, both the social and educational aspects of it (moreso the social, obviously). They don't care about the economy, they don't care about Iraq, and if you ask them where Darfur is, they'd think you were making shit up. My peers do not care about what goes on because all they want to do is have fun and socialize. I like to have fun, too. I just went to a party yesterday and woke up hungover today. Then I took a nap, woke up, and came on RevLeft to talk about the ignorance of our youth and their indifference to the events that effect them. My point is that it's okay to not be 100% focused on trying to change the world, but as a friend's teacher once so amazingly stated, "Don't ***** about it later." I've been political since 5th grade, right after 9/11. That opened my eyes to the world and how other people in the world think. I lost that will to learn after Bush was reelected, but I have, in recent years, wandered back towards that path of knowledge. The only difference is that back then I was just political: now I'm a bona fide socialist. Haha.
Anyway, basically what I mean is this: while there are many of us who I do believe will be revolutionary, we have to let the other people know that our world is a shithole that has to be changed. When millions are starving, not only in Africa and Asia but in our own country, we have to make a change. When thousands are killed in warfare, not only in Iraq but in our own country, we have to make a change. That's why I was educating myself: I wanted to learn what we can do in order for that change to occur. Maybe years from now, people who don't read will be the ones stared at blankly.
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