Tuesday, May 24, 2005

You might be a radical if …

... instead of playing cowboys and Indians on the school playground during recess, you and your friends played the SLA vs. the bourgeois Establishment pigs.

Patty Hearst had a profound influence on me as a child. I used to memorize her taped diatribes against the system, against her parents. And ask questions like, “What’s wrong with feeding poor people?” All this to say, I was re-enamored with Amerika’s favorite urban guerilla last night watching PBS’s Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst.

If you dare, I recommend taking the What’s Your Bag? quiz to find out if you would have been a radical. (I came out as an Authoritative Activist (see below); although I have to admit making the decision to go off to college instead of San Francisco was tough. Thank god the Revolution didn’t miss the east coast!)
You continue to speak out for what you believe is right, as part of a left-wing social justice organization. You've found a life partner who is a kindred spirit. The whole Nixon debacle affirms that the political system is corrupt, and you find yourself saying, "I told you so" to all those who doubted your earlier criticisms. Maybe now that Vietnam is in the past, the country can evolve -- you are committed to working for change through peaceful means. The Sixties might be dead, but the spirit of activism keeps on truckin' in the Seventies.
And Eighties. And Nineties. And today.

Finally, check out the definition of terror offered in the lesson plans. Sound familiar? I told you so. :)

1 comment:

  1. I would be a "High-School Teacher":

    Who would have thought you'd end up in your home town, teaching at your high school and engaged to a former sweetheart? Your path has taught you the power of education and expressing what you believe -- a lesson you pass on to your students. While their fashion sense might be a little off, their minds are working just fine as they debate current events. Even if some of the kids say reactionary things at times, you feel you are making a difference by helping them keep their eyes and their minds open.