Henry David Thoreau once said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Similar to Thoreau, I went into the Forest so that I, too, could “see if I could not learn what it had to teach.”
I came to Drew University with anticipation and high expectations. It seems that the Forest was not fostering my dream to confront life and learn all that I could learn.
Drew is a school that has boundless room for growth and potential to develop into a forest that offers what Thoreau mentions. But, alas, the tools are all missing.
The administration runs the school like a business. If they were ever educators, those days are long gone. They lack any passion or yearning to develop new generations into well-rounded, cultured and free-thinking persons.
When I came to Drew, I thought the goal was to broaden my horizons and become a
modern Renaissance man.
I thought Drew was interested in my development as a
mover and shaker of the world, but it seems as if all I am is a means to an end8212;and that end is money. I am a monetary tool, a tool that provides capital.
I do not want to attack only the administrations but also the
students for allowing this mental censorship of growth and power to happen.
In today’s society, it is true that money very much governs our livelihood, but why must we conform to this system and allow money to govern what we say, think, learn and express?
I offer this letter to The Acorn as my promise to re-invigorate and give rebirth to Drew8212;but I cannot do it alone.
We must all work as a community to rebirth Drew. We cannot allow this feudal-like system to continue.
We have to unite, compromise and make sacrifices for the common good. If we join
together we can change Drew for the better and “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,” as Thoreau says.
Knowledge and creativity are true powers. If we can think and create, we can overcome barriers.
What is to stop us from changing the world? I write this as my first message to rally the community to overcome this structure and effect change.
Do you not want new and
better? Do you not want freedom?
Drew Barile is a junior English Major.