I've discovered two advantages over the past couple of weeks to a monastic lifestyle. The first is that I don't have to get dressed until the pizza truck arrives with breakfast around 4 PM. The other is that I have plenty of time to think. I've been ruminating quite a bit on the state of our culture based on a part time gig I have as a substitute teacher at a local charter school. The curriculum is the usual tripe consisting of diversity studies, multi-culti awareness, and gender studies. The good news is that the twaddle apparently lacks adhesion. "Yeah, right, whatever," seems to be a common response from the students. You see, kids simply aren't politically aware at fourteen, sixteen or even eighteen. I wasn't either at their age. I didn't become politically aware until my life experience gave me a reason to think about politics. The prompt didn't arrive until I was in my early 30's. In my case it was seeing Nicaragua under the Sandinista government circa 1986. So what about you? When did you become politically aware and why?