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I don't feel safe

“We should honor — not attack — those who have stood up for equality.” – Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich

Reading the headlines in Google, I could not believe what my eyes were staring at. Was that a flag with… the Nazi and KKK symbol? I rubbed my eyes and continue staring.

 

Is this a sick joke? I wondered before I clicked to read the article.

Before I realised that nothing has changed since 1939 when the world saw its blackest moment. When the people and the world suffered at our hands and death took its toll, taking innocent lives and bright futures along with it. The worst moment to be alive.

Have we not learned from what happened 78 years ago?

Are we, youth, willing to live the atrocities that destroyed our hope for a better world? Is youth going to live up to the expectations of others that declare: Youth is wasted on the young? Or are we going to do something about it?

I don’t know about you, but I do not feel safe in a world where youth cannot vote for their leaders and those who can, more over the half can’t be bothered to actually raise their voice and be heard. I don’t feel safe when I am the one being watched for my behaviour instead of those who openly claim that will act as they please even if it brings misery on others. I do not feel safe in a world where the human rights are not equal for everyone no matter what.

I do not feel safe in a world where we are afraid of difference. Where we do not accept the people that don’t look or think like us. Where we reject change, we deny anything that means uniqueness. In a place so full of fear that pushes us to make foolish decisions.

  • There are thousands of young people barely surviving as refugees from a war in Syria that seemingly has no end.
  • More than 200 schoolgirls are still held prisoners in Nigeria.
  • A 19 tonne cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, resulting in the death of 86 people and injury of 458 others.
  • In Orlando, not one of the people inside that nightclub would have thought that they would witness a massacre where 49 people would stop living.

Now, I am asking you… how many more lives will be taken until we do something about it? When will we say enough and stop the tally from increasing? When we will open our eyes and accept that the world we are living in is not going to change if we continue this way?

Are we going to condemned ourselves to repeat the past? Or are we going to build a better world? This is all on us, the young people. Not in our grandparents, our parents or the children. It’s on us. Right now, we are the ones holding the world in our hands.

What are we going to do? We have two options: 1. Give the responsibility to someone else; or 2. Take action and be the change the world needs.

“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.” – Moliere

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