"Heroic Citizenship"

November 12, 2019

Heroic citizenship is basically an oxymoron. 

 

The words, while definitionally coherent, have directly opposing connotations. Heroism is found in epics, novels, and lovable protagonists while the concept of citizenship has been twisted throughout history on numerous occasions. Today, it has been modeled into a tool to use against the general population. For example, citizenship for TFS students is abiding by a set of unwritten rules that lead to success:

 

  1. Do not question the higher powers that have created the school’s system

  2. Accept this system

 

Complying with these rules immediately makes students better “citizens.” Instead of fixing the system, students learn to create loopholes and navigate it, constantly fearing reprisal. 

 

This brings into question the fairness of the overall system. For example, take into consideration the “independent” vote for Premier Citoyen and Citoyenne. If one candidate has a reference letter from the Headmaster, is it even considered an election? With the school’s influence, student votes are being undermined and compromised. Not to mention the outdated sexism found in limiting the vote to one female and one male candidate. 

 

Heroism, on the other hand, is something students, teachers, and (in all honesty) most people  are seldom exposed to. Simple kindness, consideration, and generosity are rarities in today’s generation. Heroism at TFS takes the rare form of Prefects, raising money during C-Days, and genuine relationships being formed that are dedicated to celebrating each other’s successes. (Side-note: next C-Day, try to learn about the charity TFS is supporting! Be a “heroic citizen”!)

 

In the end, while heroism and citizenship might be oxymorons, they work together in conjunction to create the complex system that is our society. It’s not like anyone else has any better concepts to use. Do you?

 

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