First of all, let me just say how funny writing is, and the process through which any written material comes to fruition. This particular post is the result of my discussion with Julie Israel a few days ago. One thing led to another, and soon we found ourselves talking about education.
Respect the arts
Unfortunately, we live in a society where the arts—and writers, in particular—are not appreciated. First I thought that it was strictly an Asian thing. But Julie soon confirmed, “Even in the States, writers are not thought particularly high of. Certainly some are; but generally-speaking, I think, writing is not seen as prestigious work. Even when it comes to basic schooling, which has been hurting financially in recent years, the arts are usually the first thing to go.”
In an excellent article in The Jakarta Post, Mario Masaya cited Peter B. Evans1, stressing the importance of reducing resources allocated to bureaucracy, because he considered bureaucratic apparatuses to be predatory. As an alien living in Belgium, I have experienced first-hand what he meant.
Even in a developed country such as Belgium, government bodies are far from ideal. While they function as intended, delays and blunders resulting from unnecessary bureaucracy often lead to frustration and other—dire—consequences. Continue reading →