Higher education is not just about putting words in their proper order. Walking into the UCC on UWO campus this morning, I was forced to confront the reality of a large black wooden box with a door on the front. The entire front featured the spraypainted message,
With in this ...this box has the ability for both the exploration of good & evil.This being a post about a university, everything in the blockquotes is of course qualified with "(sic)".
Today's Gazette explained:
This week, a large, black wooden box mysteriously appeared in the middle of the University (of Western Ontario) Community Centre atrium.Inside this box was I invited to walk if the courage was what I had to face the factors about our hate filled society. Was I an individual community member educated enough to step into the eternal struggle between HATRED and equity that takes place -- to paraphrase the traitor Solzhenitsyn -- within the breast of every man, woman, homosexual, minority, person of different ability, and new Canadian?
Inside the box were several mirrors and posters displaying messages like, "Know what is said. Now look at yourself and ask: Do you accept this?"No, really, it said that. I looked. I could find in myself neither hatred nor equity, those classic opposites -- just the eternally battling duality of bemusement and irritation. Some still show spirit, however, when faced with the terrible fruits of the privileging of indoctrination over literacy:
The box's message didn't reach everyone; one comment left in the suggestion box said, "Fucking haters, let's kill them."Is our children learning?
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Posted by Mike on Thursday, October 19, 2006