MUNers – the modern hippie generation, so much more than Model UN delegates. In every decade, there was a youth movement that followed the trends&dynamics of the developing world uniting youth around the globe. In the 60’s it was the hippies, in 80’s it was the yuppies, and today we have the MUNers (if you want to be one, take a look at this guide for becoming a delegate). Maybe they don’t wear the floral hippie dresses and flip-flops all the time, but this doesn’t make them any less of a groundbreaking youth movement of today. They might not seem as big, but aren’t they? Just think about 400,000 people who have been a part of an MUN only in the past year. A number of people that would fit a population of a state. Maybe not China, but we’re getting there.
What is the first thing that pops in mind when you think of an MUNer?
Mostly, the answer would be: “Oh, those overachievers, always overdressed and all … they must be stuck up!” But man, are you’re wrong!
Firstly, there’s nothing bad about being a nerd. I’m a nerd and I’m proud of it. It’s not the 60’s anymore, and ugly turtlenecks and thick glasses have been replaced by cool jackets and contact lenses. There is some truth to the infamous overachieving bit. I give them that! But what people keep missing is that overachieving doesn’t mean sitting by the book 24/7. It’s more like sitting by the book 9 to 16 so you have enough time to get ready and run off to conquer the world.
MUNers are like knights of a special order, a subculture on their own. A mix of couchsurfers, hippies and idealists, that also have some degrees and grab life by the throat, living it up to pieces to make their ideas a part of the world. They are builders that use all the resources the world has to offer in starting something new. Everlasting optimists and big thinkers – those are my first thoughts.
Nowadays when everything’s going too fast to keep track of, and with a history’s tendency to move in cycles, this is the crowd that wants to follow a steady line upwards instead of being a part of a repeating circle.
The ultimate rebels – maybe you can’t relate them to James Dean, but they, in fact, are the nonconformists. The multitaskers who do sports, read books, volunteer in Africa and, yes, they do make the time to go shopping for their conference tie.
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