Alas I am still with out my laptop, and by extention, without the internet. This of course has left me a lot of time to just think and ponder. This can lead a person to some scary places, such as wondering if people would pay to watch Oprah fight a couple of badgers.
I’d put my money of the badgers, behind those soft, cute faces lies the heart of a sociopath. Seriously, they will mess your shit up.
Anyways, away from the badgers and back to I had a lot of down time this last week and a bit and i filled it with, mostly pointless, thought. One of the things that kept popping into my head was the question of whether we (by which I mean peopl under 25) are bored or apathetic. It was the movie “The Trotsky” that made me think of this. Oh and by the way freaking good movie, go watch it if you haven’t. You know you want to, and I mean come on we all know that every university student is a dirty Commie at heart.
In the movie Jay Baruchel’s Character Leon attempt to start a revolution in his school in the form of a walk out. Needless to say all of the students walk out of school, but they don’t share a solid front and just goof off. The argument is made that young people are apathetic.
So after watching it again on t.v. the other day I wondered, boredom or apathy? Is it just that we don’t care or that there is nothing to care about. I’m starting to think that we just don’t care.
Look at this way, in the Meliorist (U of Lethbridge’s school paper) people are still going on about the goddamn penis art in the school, and lets face it, rigth now that is the biggest point of opinion rallying in our school. What about the fact that in Egypt right now journalists are being targeted, or whats happening in Egypt as a whole? Or what about the decline of the international opinion of Canada? It is happening, we are not viewed as we were say five or ten years ago. Just look at the loss of the Security Council seat, or how in Wikileaks when Canada came up there was usually an air of pity towards us.
Unfortunately instead of getting together as a nation, standing up and saying “Hey, we are Canada, we go where others can’t, we fight when others won’t and we are still the best goddamn hockey players alive, so go and politely screw yourselves.” we fight and squabble to pin blame for our nations screw ups, and after that do nothing about it. We need to become more engaged, more vocal, show the world that we aren’t apathetic, that we as young Canadians can take action and accually do something.
I know that I’m just as guilty as everyone else. It’s easy to switch from BBC News to Big Bang Theory and forget about the world. Soon though we may have a chance to act, we all know that there will be an election soon, I mean the Tories are already running their traditional smear campeign and the Liberal can’t be that far behind. When we do go to vote, accually vote, and don’t vote Liberal because you are a student, or Conservative because you are an Albertan, take the time to listen to party platform, critically think of them, and think of what their impact will be. Follow the example that Nenshi in Calgary, use the internet, ask questions, and most of all communicate with the politicians.
Let’s face it, right now Canada is sitting pretty good, the recession hasn’t hit us like other parts of the world, we don’t have rampant crime, we are educated, we have some of the worlds most livable cities, and we have a heaping shit ton of resourses. Lets step up, show the world that we were only bored, and get some shit done. Lets make Canada something more than good, lets make it great.