Tuesday, November 16, 2010

You Say You Want A Revolution? Down With Tuition!

This post is going to be a little more serious then usual so if you were looking for something witty or funny, sorry; not today.

[Steps onto soapbox] In my opinion, college students have grown soft (like this country in many ways). I recently read an article that for the first time ever, the amount of student loan debt has now passed the amount of credit card debt in this country. Every year colleges hike up the price of tuition and every year I hear students gripe and complain about it. But do they band together to fight the new tuition hike?No. They bitch amongst each other and then go about their business, reluctantly paying the higher prices the next semester. Why is that? Have we (America's youth) gotten so lazy that we no longer care to stand up for ourselves? Are things like football games and Frat parties more important to us then our own rights? In lieu of the 20.9% voter turnout of young people this year for the mid-term elections, they must be.

Howard Zinn once said that "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." A society that no longer cares to question its government, loses all control of it; for unchecked power rarely leads to the interests of the majority.

With all that said I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you see something wrong with your college, your country or your world; get up and do something about it! Get off your lazy asses, band together and change it. George Orwell's 1984 said it best, "Sanity is not statistical", meaning just because everyone else seems to be ok with the way things are, doesn't mean it's right or that you should be too. Because in the end, you cannot fault a system in which you do not care enough to change. [Steps down from soapbox]