Stevo: Wait, time out. I just wanted to ask real quick, if I can. You believe in rebellion, freedom and love, right?
Mom: Absolutely, yes
Dad: Rebellion, freedom, love.
Stevo: You two are divorced. So love failed. Two: Mom, you’re a New Ager, clinging to every scrap of Eastern religion that may justify why the above said love failed. Three: Dad, you’re a slick, corporate, preppy-ass lawyer. I don’t really have to say anything else about you do I dad? Four: You move from New York City, the Mecca and hub of the cultural world to Utah! Nowhere! To change nothing! More to perpetuate this cycle of greed, fascism and triviality. Your movement of the people, by and for the people got you… nothing! You just hide behind some lost sense of drugs, sex and rock and roll. Ooooh, Kumbaya! I am the future! I am the future of this great nation which you, father, so arrogantly saved this world for. Look, I have my own agenda. Harvard, out. University of Utah, in. I’m gonna get a 4.0 in damage. I love you guys! Don’t get me wrong, it’s all about this. But for the first time in my life, I’m 18 and I can say “FUUUUUCK YOU!”
Dad: Steven, I didn’t sell out son. I bought in. Keep that in mind.
From the movie, SLC Punk.
10-DAY POLITICAL CHALLENGE
Day 9: Post a song, poem, or movie scene with political themes that inspires you.
I spent so much of my life trying to please my parents. One day, I saw SLC Punk. I realized that I will become what I become, and my parents will always say I should have done more and should have been more. Both my parents, to this day, still tell me I’ll never make it in life unless I complete college. Even though I already have a relatively well-paying job in the field I would get my degree in, I still “need to get a degree”… At some point you have to accept that you have to live your life for you, not for other people.