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ImageOff we go again, and our next destination is Manhattan!

After some trouble to get to the hotel, the plan included a lovely dinner at Ichrak, one of my wiser friends! With her mixture of French and Arabic culture, her strength and her humanity, she always has the right answer to everything!

I don’t know how she does it; sometimes I think that she’s magic!

ImageIchrak moved to NY a few months ago and she’s now teaching French in an exclusive University in Bronxville.

In this advanced school the policy is to push students to be free thinkers, to experiment with new reality, to understand who they are and what they want.

Teachers encourage their students to choose if they want to be referred to as a she, he or it.

They can say what they think and they can express themselves in the way they like.

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ImageThis sounds good; especially coming from a society in which most of the time you have to agree with the common opinion, you can have problems with your teacher about the subject of your essay, and somehow everybody thinks and does the same thing.

ImageApparently though, in this same University, students tend to forget or even be unaware of some basic events of American history, or what is actually going on in the world, and more often than not in the Campus the police show up for some alcohol, drugs or sexual abuse.

As my friend was explaining all this I couldn’t help but wonder:

Is it the new generation so thirsty for freedom, innovation and glamour they forget what’s going on around them?

Is society distracting us with all those Lady Gaga models, so that we are so busy to try to show that we were “born this way”, we forget what is really going on?

And especially in a city like NY, the city that never sleeps, with infinite choices; where you can choose your style, career, neighborhood, sexuality, religion, hair color, values, beliefs… how do you know when the choices are too many?

 

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                                                                                                                                                                         Carlotta