National Day Of Action – Community Radio Testimonies: Mason Smith

 ‘The young have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things—and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning…. All their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything; they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.’-Aristotle I am not one that is going to argue with one of the greatest minds of the western tradition. Participating in a youth based community organisation does run the gauntlet of human emotions and observing a lot of high hopes being left by the wayside when the ideal clashes with reality. However, what other avenue do the youth have to test, to try, to push their limitations and the see results in a public forum? SYN is a community based organisation first and foremost and the dynamic is in the title – a community, a shared consciousness where anyone of the ages of twelve to twenty-five coming together to create and strive, to do, to be.My experience at SYN so far has been inexplicable. The sheer amount of talent that pours out of this place is phenomenal and it’s contagious. Since starting here back in 2010, I have seen many people thrive and succeed in this caring, enveloping environment. Whether we are here for fun or as a step to future endeavours, we work excessively and vehemently, love too much and hate too much and we are all the better for it.Mason Smith, Talks Manager and former Executive Producer of The Hoist, SYN Media 

March 23rd 2013
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