259. Subversive essay, where art thou?

This week saw the annual prize giving of a literary competition in memoriam of my late father, a subversive essay tournament for those in college age. It is easy to underestimate the importance of such an event in today’s World, in which we surround young people with domestication tools, sapping their nonconformity with a myriad of time killing, distracting assaults through their mobile devices. Our market-based society encourages young people, unwittingly but unapologetically, to observe instead of act, to passively like instead of uncompromisingly protest. In this context, subversive essay seems more important than ever. Gone are the days when being young was synonym of being, indeed, subversive, when conformity to society’s norms came only with the experience, or defeat, of age. I confess I had not paid enough attention to the importance of this initiative but, if we can get our young to write subversive essay, and applaud them for it, we still have a chance to build a better World

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Comments

Niccy said…
What a fabulous memorial!
SantiDominguezV said…
Thank you, Niccy, yes, fabulous and important. My dad was a subversive and an educator, so this is ideally suited. And it is very important to continue to encourage younger generations to write in long form and to indeed be subversive.

Santi

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