Archive for October, 2008

October 2, 2008

Principles II – how to get to not having them

Last year the first Student Parliament of Belgrade University (SPBU) was formed, along with the first Student Parliaments in the faculties within the University. Although I was very active in my local Student Parliament at the time, I was wary of taking part in SPBU, basically for two reasons:

1) any body formed from representatives of lesser bodies which are not working properly will almost certainly not work properly, Being already very busy, I wouldn’t be able to dedicate enough time to it to make a difference, and in any case I would be prevented by the second reason:

2) this is an important body, and is thus something which attracts a certain kind of person that I loathe; “politikants”.

A “politikant” is a politician who is in politics only for the power and the money. It’s interesting that we have such a word in Serbian, since everyone here has a very bad opinion for most, if not all, of our politicians i.e. we think they’re all politikants.

Watching the Parliament sessions on TV, I always wondered how those people became so shamelessly unprincipled, hypocritical and vulgar, how they could so shamelessly waste so much time arguing among themselves, just so they can humiliate their opponents. Well, after my experience with the SPBU, it all became so very clear.

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