Saturday, February 21, 2009

No Dark Sarcasm In The Classroom
Take Back NYU!

We've heard that about half of our students who usually attend our Monday night cooking class at NYU we're involved in this "occupation." (Must be the turmeric!)

All joking aside, it's quite a shame that this all has to happen, that this is symptomatic in many senses of what the American\Western educational system represents. It's a shame that these students have to pay upwards of $50,000 in tuition and then have to resort to these kinds of tactics to get their voice heard.

It's a shame than the University itself is lacking in open dialogue, communication, and trust between its administration and its student body. Education is a very delicate and intimate exchange of values and experiences, and efforts to insure this positive atmosphere are often put aside in the name of corporate and business interests.

Of course, looking back on my own activist days, I have to roll my eyes a little bit at all of this. In one sense, it's inspiring to see this kind of action and passion with the goal of creating a more open and trusting vibe, but because of the isolated, scattered, and over-provocative nature of their cause and tactics, these students will struggle to have the kind of power and influence they need to affect the changes they want.

It's not the smartest or most productive way to try to change the culture of your school. These students don't lack in spirit-but they are lacking in the spiritual. Whatever revolutionary urges I've had in my life are certainly becoming satisfied by signing up for Lord Caitanya's army.

In every sense, fighting for change in this world is such a great struggle. It takes great intelligence and perseverance and internal strength to bring real light into the darkness of our times.

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