I love Provo. I hate Provo.
from the I'm-new-and-I-rant dept.
For all of my 25 years, Provo/Utah County has been my home. To say that I am attached to the place is to put it mildly. There are so many things I love about the place, yet so many things that drive me nuts and make me want to move far, far away. I love the mountains, the river, the lake, and for the most part, the people.
But now comes the hate.
Provo is a cultural and political wasteland, despite being the home of a major national university. Where is the political activism? Where is the concern for the welfare of the world around you? I think Provo students get an A+ in Self-Absorbed Solipsism. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s safer to admit you are a recovering alcoholic and violent criminal than to openly criticize George W. Bush. Free-thinking is tolerated but not accepted.
The only art-house movie theater in town is owned by the school and shows heavily edited films to protect our fragile little minds from the evil specters of sexuality and adult situations. After all, we arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really adults. Not until we are married and have at least 2.5 kids. Where is the average students desire to experience life and the world away from the overprotective eyes of the honor code office?
The city is over-run by mega-chain fast food restaurants. How BYU is one of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fittest campuses is beyond me. Sure, starving students have to eat cheap, blah, blah, blah. Again, there is little desire by the majority of our fellow students to experience anything out of the ordinary beyond the pre-cut, pre-fab slop that is force-fed down our collective throats.
IsnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it shameful that Springville, a podunk town not even 1/5 the size of Provo has more of an art scene? Where is the liberality that inspires and drives the majority of university students to do great things? Oh, yeah. Liberalism in Provo? Ha ha ha ha!
There is no Provo-only culture. Any business that caters to a hang-out like atmosphere is instantly associated with some sort of evil. Coffee houses? Bars? Music Clubs? Not in this town mister.
I appreciate the few people in Provo who try to break out of the pre-fab mold and provide something new and interesting, but sadly, they are largely ignored by the BYU masses. Ever been to Stary Night, Muse Music, or Steamers? None of the people there look like BYU students. Most students could care less about cultivating any appreciation for a culture outside of the one presented in the chapel.
Wake up, Provo. The rest of the world would be laughing at us if they cared to know who we are. But thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s okay, because the campus is our world.