"The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say"
- J.R.R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Friday, 13 April 2012

To be a responsible student and citizen.

What happens at the University of Zimbabwe is a reflection of how the broader society works. The senseless restrictions, gratuitous suspensions and general lack of freedom can be likened to the repressive AIPPA and POSA, to the unjust trials and detentions of human rights activists. 

Running away from these truths won't change anything, the system will follow you and oppress you wherever you may be. 

I've often heard, and seen, people saying they have no interest in politics. Fine, but how do you hope to be a good lawyer in a country with total disregard of the law? Or to be a Political Scientist in a country that does not entertain other views? How then do we  hope to work in a country whose politicians have made sure there are no jobs? 

Politics will take an interest in your life whether you choose it or not. It is gross irresponsibility to ignore the things which affect your life. As intellects, Christians and future workers we should condemn evil wherever we see it. 

Commenting the good and condemning the bad, without fear or favour, that is revolutionary honesty. 

Telling the truth as we see it, with impartiality, to be the voice of the voiceless, that is to be responsible citizens. 

To be the voice of the voiceless and fight evil at all levels, that is to be a responsible student.

We might not speak because we are not affected, but when we become the victims no one will be left to speak on our behalf.


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