The Berlin Wall and MAGDALO

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev…Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! – US President Ronald Reagan, Speech at the Brandenburg Gate, June 12, 1987

On the night of Thursday, November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall finally came down, ending 40 years of tension in Berlin, Germany, and hastening the final collapse of communism in Europe.

Twenty years on, the world looks at this as a pivotal moment in history, when democracy prevailed over tyranny, when the power of the people ruled over evil, and a nation began the long road to reunification. The night when a simple blunder by an official from the hated regime opened the floodgates faster than anyone could think…on live television.

How are the events of that glorious night actually relevant to us here at MAGDALO? Many of us were still in school, others yet to be born, when this symbol of division came down…and yet, we have our own Berlin Walls right here in the halls of Emilio Aguinaldo College.

…Walls created by people who dread hearing the Emilian’s cries of freedom.

…Walls designed by people who are more interested in a closed system than a system where free thinking is encouraged and rewarded.

…Walls erected to cow young ideal minds into silence and conversion into robotic automatons.

…Walls raised by myopic administrators and faculty members too proud to admit they were wrong.

Today marked the start of another semester, but seeing it begin on a day when freedom roared loud in another part of the world is a stark reminder of what we have lost as a school community, as a studentry being bred to become what they call as “Global Emilians.”

Given that the current Editorial Board was created out of sheer arrogance and a lie propagated by narrow-minded people like ARMANDO PARAS, AURORA YUMUL, and DEAN NELIDA LARES, the fall of the Berlin Wall leaves us with our own fears of repression. It is an insult to the MAGDALO to advance so far in promoting the Emilian’s rights, only to see the machinations of a few appear and turn back the clock.

When will they tear down the walls they have unknowingly created around them? As our publication’s 25th anniversary looms, we believe it is not too late to repair the wounds, but seeing how brazen and swift they shut out a great deal of students from applying for the publication, it may already be several miles behind the point of no return.

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