Be the titan, or the web-caught fly? (1 March 2009)
It's true, as Mr. McAvoy says, that big changes will always be driven from without, but unless they also resonate within the structure, such changes will be much harder to bring to be. (Bailey)
So ViveanLea, do you want to be one of those who "drive big changes," or one of those who "resonate within the structure"? Wanna go big, or small fry? Be the Titan, or the web-caught fly?: How well Bailey does articulate the choices available to you now.
Bailey's response would have resonated better with me if he had brought up liberals like Pelusi or Feinstein or (Barbara) Boxer. They're not Naders, but they're not frauds, either -- just tactically minded, adaptable, good people. Gore's an opportunist and a fraud. He's managed to persuade himself otherwise, but his environmentalism is about tactics as much as anything else. People who readily ride with him, likely do so because they sense that he is one who help them justify/validate a new zeitgeist -- one ultimately less earth-friendly, even -- if the need should ever arise (and it will).
Last thought: People like me are hoping that the establishment becomes mostly populated by those who had the stuff to call an end to the degree when it seemed fit to do so, rather than those who continued on, because 1) they were not capable of dealing with others looking at them as if they had just made the worst decision of their lives, as if they were now and forever, irrelevant, 2) because they continued to hope the hope that the university degree would lead the way down the straight, narrow path toward smart income, smart life, smart kids, smart partnering, smart locals: the professional's paradise, 3) because they were ones who never sensed that education of the mind/heart/soul was always the higher purpose, university just a means of getting "there."