Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Readers Awaken!!!


Hey everyone. So yestersday's post, tongue and cheek aside, actually carried a lot of substance and has really been on the mind. It's really the type of thing where you're not sure who you're laughing at. I mean think about it, Batman was around in the 1960's, ten years earlier Orwell publsihed 1984 and some time before that Huxely produced Brave New World. We're talking mainstream ... stuff kids grow up on, read in schools, watch in movies, ... and yet, some 50 years later, it's still the same old song. Politicians and all their "hoopla", why are we still falling for it? What is it going to take for us to wake up?


If you thought I couldn't sum it up in so few words then behold:

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." - Winston Churchill

Am I advocating for a revolution against democracy? Absolutely not. I am advocating for a revolution of the mind and for the masses.


Guilty as charged ... and that includes all of us. You don't have to look very hard for a solution for it resides in each one of us.

Education. Many people mistake school or "higher learning" as education but this couldn't be further from the truth. Universities and colleges are a means to an education and no doubt a chance to learn and think and contemplate, but how many of us actually do this? I go to Queen's University and have been here for the last seven years. I have never, and please quote me, have ever in all my life seen so many dumbstruck-drunks ... and these are Canada's future leaders and CEO's.

Action. Education without communication is useless and benefits no one. Most people think of activism as a hippy thing for long haired, tie-dye wearing know-it-alls. On the contrary, anyone wishing to express their hard won freedom should be active. Use it or lose it. Activisim can be anything from community involvment to even blogging. Like what we're doing right now - I'm in the process of writing ideas (action), you are in the process of well, ... processing (ideas) which will hopefully lead to transmission (action) and finally back into ideas again. The cycle continues.


I hope I haven't bored any of you too much and I do realize that I don't get into the serious stuff all that often, but I kinda like it that way. I'd like to think that we can have fun and learn at the same time. Anyway, on a final note, I have a very wonderful quote, which I'm sure everyone can appreciate ... something that is perhaps expressed (in someway) in just about every culture:

"He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." - Leonardo da Vinci


Eve Grey said...

I lived in Kingston for one summer. I really liked it.

neutron said...

Kingston is a wonderful place. Especially in the summer.