What the Bangladesh Student Protests Teach Us About Youthful Idealism

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What the Bangladesh Student Protests Teach Us About Youthful Idealism

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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f the signal is red, the car must stop. Always use the zebra crossing. Never cross the speed limit while driving.” These are lessons we are taught in school. We are told that it is wrong to break rules. You will be punished if you do so, and resistance is frowned upon. So it’s ironic that a student protest in Bangladesh has forced adults to reflect upon how to better themselves.

As adults, we convince ourselves that nothing terrible will happen if you break rules once in a while. But when too many people start doing it, you suddenly have 150,785 deaths a year from road accidents, as was the case in India in 2016. We read about accidents in the papers every day, comment on how badly smashed the vehicle looks, turn the page, and move on with our lives.

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