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Privilege

Written on: Sunday August 10th, 2008

A journal entry from: Ottawa

I would have to say without any hestitation that I am privileged and that this privilege manifests itself constantly.  My internship is at a place that promotes educational exchange between Canada and the US.  For example, one of the programs the foundation is involved with is the prestigious Fulbright program. Thus, I am faced with privilege everyday.

I have a roof over my head, and always have food.  I do not have to worry about being attacked.  I am considering doing my masters, and its more of a question of where I want to go, rather than a question of whether I can go.  As you can see I am quite privileged.  I am not rich, but neither am I poor. 

I could go on and on about how I am privileged.  I am extremely privileged to live in Canada.  As it turns out I went to this concert put on at Parliament Hill.  It was put on by the ceremonial guard band and other military bands/precision drill team.  One song sung by a Mountie was about how lucky we were to live in Canada.  The concert whose highlights included the 1812 Overture was amazing.  I did not have to pay for the concert, and was able to walk right onto the grounds.  One thing Ottawa has taught me, is how lucky I am to have a government that I can easily access.  Ottawa is such a government town, that one cannot fail to notice Canada's political system.  After all, the other week I took a guided tour of the Governor General's house.  I can easily walk onto the grounds of Parliament, or relax along the Rideau Canal.  Talk about privilege! 

The question I have is what can I do about ensuring that others can enjoy the privileges I have.  I often debate with myself about how to go about and bring social change.  Knowing me I am not the type to go and protest or do something along that nature.  I am more comfortable with trying to bring awareness on an individual level.  However, who says my views are the right ones? 

Yes, I am privileged.  I work with a great group of people.  I work in a beautiful city that has a lot of places still left to explore. 

 

From Larissa on Aug 19th, 2008

I like your solution by bringing awareness on an individual level. So what kind of awareness? Is it making yourself aware or others?