I have always had a passion for writing but I never truly put this into practice until my junior year as an undergraduate student at Indiana University. I joined an organization called The Black Sheep Online and wrote a number of articles that would appeal to the student body. One of the most interesting articles that I wrote about was the crisis in Syria and how this related to the IU student body.
Do you know anything about Syria?
It is very easy to get lost in the bubble that all university students live in and forget that there exists a world that has real problems. According to Indiana Public Media, last Wednesday on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a number of demonstrators gathered outside Bloomington’s courthouse in order to show their disapproval of any U.S. interaction in Syria.
I thought it would be interesting to ask students around campus whether or not they had any strong opinions about the civil war going on over there. The time that I spent walking around campus asking people questions reminded me of Jimmy Kimmel’s “Lie Witness News”. People love to bullshit.
The only question that I asked was, “Do you know what is happening in Syria?”
Here are some of the responses I got:
“Nothing really. But what’s up tonight?”
There were a number of students who really did know what was going on in Syria, but everyone’s knowledge was centered around the chemical attacks that took place last month and the possibility of U.S. military action.
Let me drop some knowledge on yo ass: 100,000 people died before the chemical attacks that took place last month. It was Obama’s mention of Syria that sparked international outrage.
Obama could make millions doing advertising for companies!
I guess the overall lesson is to make sure your knowledge of the outside world is not restricted to pop culture and the knowledge of people around you. Pick up The Wall Street Journal every once in a while.
Or, in the case of wookies at Coachella, check the set list.
It’s very easy to base opinions upon as little information as possible, but sometimes it’s necessary to know a little more before deciding.