Time for Change?
Too late to change cultural course?

Unless you decided to sell your television and radio, cancel any newspapers and magazines and put your phone in the draw and stay in bed for a month, one could not escape the bombardment of coverage during October regarding the "crisis" University Students, particularly those beginning their first year of higher education were facing as a result of those damn killjoys and their COVID19 restrictions. Student chagrin was more than understandable, both in terms of expectations dashed and also the way in which the situation of campus lockdown was handled. However, and to use what has become THE cliche of 2020 , many situations one finds oneself in as a result of the Pandemic are indeed "unprecedented" and proverbial balls by definition will continue to to be spilled but hopefully less frequently as we  work with science in search of learn, whilst we adapting and changing our behaviour to avoid such catastrophes in the future.


Having decided to keep my television and phone despite the level of bad news spewing forth, it was interesting listening to the protests of an indignant "Fresher," interviewed following his arrest for being one of 100 illegal party goers outside of their halls of residence, who when asked about the reasoning behind breaking the rules explained that it was  because "We wanted to show how annoyed we are about the restrictions. We have worked hard and earned the right to our University places, so to take away this first year from us, when we are supposed to have the most fun ever is just not right"

He may well have been correct regarding how important the first year of Uni life is from a social perspective and such thoughts of whether university should simply be preparation for a good job or a life-changing experience is a matter for debate. I accept along with the rest of the population that freshers party-year' is seen as a right of passage, a part of our British educational heritage and the way things are done. However it wasn't so much the validity of his argument that I still question but more of the language this young man used to make his point that to me epitomised just how selfish and self-centred a large number of us have become in a culture where thoughts and deeds regarding the words 'me' and 'mine' hold sway over more selfless Pronouns.


I know I am not being original in typing these words, but if there is anything positive that has emerged as a result of the pandemic it is just how the crisis has highlighted so many societal shortcomings; and at a parochial level the lad's quote outside his Uni serves to similarly highlight, albeit to a lesser degree how we need to question where changes need to be made.




But cultures change and during the last 120 years the speed of change cuhas been extrordianry. 


Any tecnological evolution in the country will bring a change their culture also. For exmple, changes in production technology, changes in the means of communication, changes in the means of transportation It depends what kind of change you are looking for. Opening to foreign trade and investment is a great way to change the society in a country. New ideas, new morals, new fashions, and new industries will enter the society. If your country develops, this will entail huge social changes.

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