Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Little Perspective


Yesterday I was watching 'Julia', a movie about people fighting against the persecution received under the Nazi regime . While watching it, it was refreshing to see people fighting back against these evil monsters who murdered millions across Europe.

However, it got me thinking about the protests against the rise in university fees this week, and the behavior of the protesters. Attacking policemen, smashing up windows and destroying everything in site. The scenes were uncanny to those seen in Julia and other Nazi uprising movies I've seen in the past.

Who the hell are these people? We're not being persecuted. The ConDem government are not murderers. We are not having our human rights taken away from us. They're putting up fees. Something which has happened twice before.

So we have to pay more for our education? Student loans will take care of that; it will take longer to pay back, but in no way does it stop us having an education. A few years ago, higher education was free, then it went up to £1000, and now it is £3000. A rise in fees is inevitable, especially in a recession.

I am in no way a Conservative follower and disagree with many of their political decisions; but the behavior of the protesters this week was despicable, and those involved should be ashamed. These were not protesters, but simply arsonists who put peoples lives at risks, and for what? Cheaper fees. Are these the type of people we even want at our universities? A peaceful protest, march or petition would of been sufficient enough without violence and arson.

There should be a little perspective in all of this; remember how lucky we really are to live in this country and have the right and access to education despite its expense, while there are areas in the world without access to education or even basic resources; and many are persecuted for their beliefs or for simply being themselves.

16 comments:

  1. I wish higher education was that inexpensive. Typically here (depending on the university chosen) the cost is anywhere from $9000 a year and up. It is incredibly expensive . . . worth it of course, but expensive.

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  2. Thank you Brenda, this is my point precisely. People here don't realise how lucky we really are. I heard places like Harvard are $65,000 a semester??? crazy. thanks for your input

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  3. I don't know how it is in the US, but here in India a little dose of violence is inevitable if you want the newspapers to carry the news and also for the message to get across to the ppl in power

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  4. thats a shame really. Its not usual here in England, it just disgusts me that people act this way when we have civil and human rights unlike some places in the world. we are lucky to have the things we have and just wish people would look at the bigger picture.

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  5. A well written and well thought out post. It's been my observation that a majority of protesters have no vested in the protest subject. They are there for the "rush" or the thrill of the action.

    BTW: Thanks for the comment at my blog. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

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  6. Hi David, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the encouraging note. I've not seen "Julia" yet--I'll go check it out on IMDb. On that same subject, have you seen "Sophie Scholl"? Fantastic film. You can read my review here

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  7. David, is this the "Julia" film you watched? If it is, here's some interesting serendipity, my book club just read Dashiel Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon" as part of the Topeka Kansas 2010 The Big Read.

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  8. this is the one jeff yes! id recommend watching it!

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  9. Dunno if you read the papers or spoke to anybody there, but most of the actual student protesters were peaceful, it's not their fault that a handful of violent people turned up and stole the show.

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  10. of course, i wouldn't of thought otherwise, it is always those few people that ruin everything.

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  11. thought i'd post that because in your original blog you mentioned the 'behaviour of the protesters' as if all of them were at it.

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  12. ah sorry if it came across like that; no, i know there would of been plenty of people who were peaceful. i have nothing against the protest at all, i was just shocked to see those minorities attacking police officers and destroying buildings, it was scary and unnecessary.

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  13. Hi David, I stumbled across your piece on the protests through a news article on which you had commented. I am teaching English in South Korea and think I will use your blog entry among a couple of news article to discuss with an adult workshop i have. Thanks!

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  14. thanks etlegoeaseast, its an honor that your using my blog in your class! hope it all goes well, let me know how it goes!! exciting stuff that your in south korea, how are the troubles seeming from your end? its looking quite scary on the news

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  15. Well, you know the news... it's not everything that's it's cracked up to be. Actually, we have no access to a British news prog on the TV, only CNN, which from a British point of view seems a little sensational. Also, the school blogs the BBC and other British newspaper websites for some unknown reason, but i can have access to all the American news i wish to. I read the Beeb at home when i have time but we are busy doing other things in the evening. So, it's difficult to know exactly what is being said on the news at home. It always sounds worse when you are at home and someone else is away - we are far from the troubles (right down the south) and really don't know what is being said on the news in Korean as none of our colleagues talk about it... that's probably a good thing. I guess i will hope if it comes to it, the British embassy will evacuate me!!
    I will let you know how the class goes on the student fees protests. I thought it would be interesting to have a student's point of view on the whole matter. I am lucky to have been the last year of free university education, so have no idea what it feels like to have to pay, but I am also lucky enough to have travelled to many disadvantaged countries where people would give their right arm for education and freedom such as we have.

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