The Discomforts of Social Change
|June 26, 2012||Posted by under General Content & Rants|
Finally, the status-quo is being questioned in various countries around the world. From protests to revolutions, it’s clear we are living in an age of significant change. It’s certainly making many people uncomfortable, but not me.
Revolutions aren’t pretty, but they force change.
The protests in Montreal are a good example of a particular generation being threatened and questioned. It seems as though everyone under 30 is on board and many over 40 are not. We live in a democracy and I think that the older generation forgets this. Weren’t they around in the 60′s? Didn’t they see what it took back then to catapult things into progression? JFK was killed shortly after he announced that he wanted to get rid of the Federal Reserve! And remember the feminist and anti-war protests? So many social causes changed back then because of small revolutions and the public fighting back.
And yet, when this generation fights for their rights, they are being called spoiled, disruptive and violent by older generations, the same people who may have lived and witnessed the social unrest of the 60′s. The same people who gained from the betterment that these revolutions offered when they were over.
Quebec students are not being heard. This is the issue. The older generation wants them to be quiet and not complain. You know, like what us women used to have to do before feminists fought for our rights to speak up and stand up for ourselves.
It boggles my mind that there is such confusion surrounding this movement. If people only spoke to the students on the streets instead of listening to the tainted mainstream media from their safe suburban homes. Mainstream media will only report violence and conflict, not necessarily all the facts. Juicy news sells. But again, mainstream folk will only do what its told and receive and accept messages they have been given all wrapped up in pretty packaging and a bow. No one wants to go digging for the truth because it’s just too hard.
I tell all those people who are complaining about the student protests and tell them to go live in China. That way, if anyone protests they will get shot or put in jail. No mess, all quiet. Is that what you want? Democracy means we can question things and fight for change. If you don’t like it, move to a country where there is a dictatorship and no one will think to question or challenge the status-quo. How about that? If you want to live in a democracy get used to things being questioned and challenged by the populace. Get used to protests and revolutions. Get used to a little violence. I know it’s not comfortable, but neither is change.
If we were truly progressive human beings, we wouldn’t need to fight people or countries to be free. We wouldn’t have to stand up for anything if things were fair, if people were always treated fairly. Truth is, life isn’t fair and humans are also heavily flawed. Sometimes we won’t get what we want, but we also have to remember that we are lucky to be living in a society where we are allowed to fight for change.