Volume 94, Issue 96
Thursday, March 22, 2001
Letters to the Editor
Re: Hell coming to Western, Mar. 20.
To the Editor:
With great interest and humour, but also with great sadness, I read Cong Dinh's letter.
Just when it seems society is breaking free from the limitations and fear of personified subjective reasoning, people go about spewing outdated politically-driven rhetoric that is best left in a time when people were much less intellectually, socially, and spiritually evolved.
I am saddened Dinh is living in such dire fear of "the heat of hell" and so quickly associated Emmett MacFarlane with "the devil" because he had a different point of view. Such are the seeds of hatred and discrimination that often have drastic political and social consequences.
Is Dinh simply not aware such irrational fears are the cause of so much warring in the world and continues to serve as fuel for horrific misdeeds against humanity?
When one has too much confidence in his/her own opinions there is no room for intellectual growth or tolerance of others. Add fear of "hell" and complete self-righteousness to this, and what you have is a very volatile and dangerous frame of mind in which anything can be ethically justified.
Personally, I think a choir singing is not necessarily harassment, but I do see it as somewhat psychologically abusive to those who are not able to merely disregard it.
I especially feel it is wrong to preach fear and hellfire in the presence of children who are far less equipped to defend themselves against such horrible psychological onslaught.
Psychological fear-mongering is not and will never again be an acceptable means of behaviour modification. We've evolved beyond having to resort to such harmful means.
Structural Engineering III
Re: New board ready to take over, Mar. 20.
To the Editor:
A thousand different experts are probably willing to tell anyone who will listen what the key to success is, in this day and age. From my perspective, I have just had proven to me, over the past two weeks, once again, what I suspect most of us know intuitively to be the key to success: Courage.
Putting aside whether the process of electing Vice-Presidents is the best one or not, what is beyond question is it requires personal courage of all candidates. A rare trait and an extremely laudable one, when it is displayed as it has been by the VP candidates over the last two weeks.
The process is emotionally draining, extremely personal and bordering on brutal at the final hour. To willingly submit oneself to the election process, to have the personal courage and strong private convictions and to allow judgment by your peers and friends is an exceptional victory of character.
Those who won the VP seats have a tangible reward. This letter is in praise of those who tried and were not elected; you are worthy of the highest regard and individual respect of everyone on this campus.
You have chosen "not to live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." Your life will be immeasurably enriched by that choice. Personally, I thank you for running the gauntlet with courage.
University Students' Council President
To the Editor:
Although the Harris government may not realize it, students across Ontario are overburdened with expenses and face the sad reality of poverty.
The average student now graduates from university with a $24,000 debt, leaving many scraping for change to pay the bills. The cost of being a student is only made worse by the high prices of food on campus. I have a feeling the cost of producing a hamburger on campus is not drastically more than surrounding districts; thus I am forced to conclude that someone or something is making a pretty penny off the high prices.
At the same time, the University holds Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Healthy Eating Week. If the administration was truly serious about confronting student eating disorders, it would subsidize food costs, not run them up.
Congratulations to the University Students' Council for the student food bank, but surely more can be done. Only united can we fight poverty on campus and the growing class inequalities in our nation
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