The state of the American college is denigrating to the minds of the future leaders of our nation. The way that drink has infiltrated the campuses across the nation creates a hostile atmosphere of violence that cannot be escaped. It was less than a week ago when I was approached by a group of college students who were engaged in this type of cultural appropriation. As someone who as been through and around this culture for much of my college and high school years, I understood exactly what was going on. Unwittingly these youth were both creating an act of violence on themselves, and on those around them by the use of alcohol. It has become a war of culture, where the booze fills up the minds of our young people, and does not let them go. From this starting point the “culture” of college partying, emanates upwards into the ranks of the bourgeoise, destroying many promising futures, fortunes, and American dreams. While it was stopped temporarily by the pandemic, the impact of this culture has and will continue to have a long and deadly effect on American aspirations.
It is a “rite of passage” that every American must go through. The inescapable downward tug upon the youth of our nation. Even I was not above the calamity that we call the American undergraduate college experience. Entranced by the thrill of drunkenness, and the appalling falsity of depth that we call the “high,” I lived my life in darkness for years and still have yet to get away from the inescapable shadow of my past.
This is the plague that threatens the minds of our children, the minds of children of all American parents and parents of developed nations around the globe.
We must no longer educate our children to have careers, that turn into dead end vocations. We must no longer teach our children how to be global citizens, when in fact by teaching them to be citizens we are pushing them into a world where they cannot be anything, except to be subjugated. And finally we must not be teaching them to enjoy the experience of life, when in fact life is not an experience at all. Life is truth, beauty, pain, justice and injustice, terror and monotony, and most of all it is reality. But to say this is also to say that it is imagination.
Life cannot be defined in the terms of which we teach our children in elementary schools, secondary and university education, nor are the micro cultures which we raise our children in, in these institutions, anything like what they will experience once they are set free to explore for themselves the unity and disunity, structure and randomness, and finality of the place that we call our universe.