Sunday, October 15, 2006

Too Much Thinking for One Day

I was supposed to be doing some homework for a sociology class last week when I asked my brother what he thought about some question. We ended up arguing for what seemed a couple of hours about the way people define the world. Pretty heavy stuff, right?

The arguements consisted of the wrong idea (my brother's) and the right one (mine). He said everyone is different and I said everyone is the same. What he disagreed on was the importance of the scope of our evaluations. While, of course, no two people are genetically the same, I fought for the position that because we can all make decisions, we can all come to the same conclusions about the humanity. Okay. That is to say people try to survive. It's just something we all do, naturally. Therefore, since everyone wants to survive, we should all be making decisions that work towards that end.

(Don't ask me how we got into this) Quite simply, the whole peace movement/ idea of the sixties is possible because we all want to survive. I can't remember if it was after the Beatles broke up or at the end of their lifespan, John Lennon (not personally, I'm sure he paid people) put up billboards aroung the country reading, "War Is Over If You Want It." That is what I'm trying to say. No, not "Give peace a chance," just that we should be struggling to get to that point.

Nothing happens overnight. Human progress happens in surges followed by temporary relapses that go only half of the way back. Then the next surge sets a new high. It's like the stock market (just not as meaningless and artificial). I think people have forgotten that or just have become so cynical that they no longer have the heart to fight back against the "man's" use of the military machine (it's not even the military itself, so much, but the people in power who use the military to engage other leaders who they never have to see) to promote death.

This cynicism is sad. In one of my history classes, we had a speaker who had been at Kent State during one of the most famous clashes of the sixties (for all you kids who don't read, the Neil Young song "Ohio" is about it...and pick up a book). This man had been part of a, as he described it, radical organization at Kent State. At the end of his talk someone asked him why students today don't protest and form organizations as in the past. It was sort of sad to see the look in his eyes, he seemed to want to go back to trying to change the world, but, because of age and the apathy of everyone else, it was almost impossible.

This has gone on long enough so I'll try to say this. "Apathy isn't it, so flower power didn't work. We'll try again." So said John Lennon at a concert in the seventies. But for us to try again we actually have to try. That doesn't mean you have to start some radical organization, but when someone says they want to change the world don't laugh or think they're crazy. It can happen. We just have to push for it. Then when we're gone and myspace is gone and the Playstation 43 is out, then we might achieve what has been attempted for so long.

And go Aggies (Sunday night against Boise State on ESPN).