Volume 96, Issue 16
Wednesday, September 25, 2002

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I'm a tree hugger

To the Editor:

In advance, I would like to express my sincere apologies to Gazette news editor Emmett Macfarlane, who on Sept. 19 complained about his plight of being trapped in The Gazette office with hippy bastards and that, unfortunately, he also attends a university with its fair share of socialist, tree-hugging, special interest promoting, tax-loving, money-hating idealists.

At this point, some credit is due to Macfarlane, who discusses the age old labeling battle between the left and the right side of the political spectrum. He shows the futility in labeling another person – as Kierkegaard said, "If you label me, you negate me."

Macfarlane also effectively supports his conclusion that "socialist equals hypocrite." I want you all to know right now that I agree – I am a hypocrite. We are all hypocrites in some way or another. If you give this some careful thought, it can't be denied.

However, as a member of UWO PIRG, I'm at least putting in an effort for others instead of just for myself. I'm TRYING to limit my negative effect on other human beings, because I simply can't ignore the fact that I am incredibly lucky to have been born to a good family in Canada.

I have been graced with the freedom and opportunity to help the lives of others, including my future children, and for me to ignore that opportunity would be slothful and a complete shame. A bastard I am.

Matt Tobey
Coordinator
UWO Public Interest Research Group
Computer Science III

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