This has been brooding over in my mind for sometime. I go to a very progressive, very cutting edge, and VERY liberal school.
I like that. Don't get me wrong, I'm a democrat. I mean, my parents are gay, I had a stem cell transplant over the summer and...well, yeah. I could be Dubya's arch nemisis based on my history. The point is, I'm not a staunch republican. Not even any kind of republican.
But the thing that was the straw that broke the camel's back was today at work, I saw this girl with a "Free Tibet" button on her backpack. She had come in for coffee this morning, which means she was one of two things: a) an ignorant freshman, or worse b) an upperclassmen condemned to the dorms by her parents.
The thing that gets me are these people that have signs and bumperstickers with things like "Free Tibet" and "Kill your president" and other snarky remarks about how one should change their world and make it a better place.
But they don't.
This is kind of like what I was talking about with World Aids Day, which was yesterday. I mean, people aren't doing anything about it. Sure, there are scientists working constantly to try to find a cure, but they are doing so also for cancer and mad cow disease. You don't see a "World Mad Cow Disease Day."
My point is, and maybe I'm being a little hipocritical, is that don't just have that damn button on your bag and forget about it. Do something about it.
Actions speak louder than words.
I can understand protests (sometimes, and sometimes they are ridiculous and unwarranted). Depending on reason and/or content, they can be effective and can result in change if the members of the protest are so fired up that they do something.
Ghandi said it best: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
So don't just fucking sit there doing nothing with your little free tibet button. I hate people sometimes.
edit: (as a result of sabrina) I think you're right, that I don't know that they aren't sending things to different countries. I mean, I buy my shade grown coffee and my seventh generation garbage bags, but my *attempt* at middle class/student enlightenment just doesn't seem enough. Thank you for the reply. :-)