Within the hazy confines of unrestricted memory, elation triumphs over the apprehension caused by decision making.
Once upon a time, at the institution of mediocrity, a student with the markings of a silent dissident was coerced into accepting the absolute certainty that the exalted elite were immune to chastisement.
The student was supposed to widen her knowledge through extensive reading and participating in discussions. "You have to read and form opinions to obtain a degree, " was the blatant lie that greeted prospective students.
Once the initiation wore off, timetables became printed fixtures, and lectures were the culmination of banal rhetoric. The dissident read books that pointed out the flaws of democracy. In retribution, democracy proclaimed her downfall as the result of a majority forcing the minority to an abominable surrender.