What are we doing? There is so much hatred and anger in the world we live in. Unfortunately, there is no quick way to change this. Oppression, violence, and hatred are engraved in humanity. In order to create peace, we need to be able to forgive. Decades of injustice can only be stopped if we learn to forgive. Creating peace is not a one-man or one-woman job. It requires us all to work together, even with the people that have hurt us the most. Of course, this is easy for me to say and I realize that, but it is the only way to truly move forward.
We also need to be more thoughtful towards each other. It is very easy to form an opinion when you only see your own perspective. Try putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. How would you feel if you were treated differently than others? You might realize that not everything is black or white. There is a lot more grey area in this world.
The way we were raised, what we see on TV, what we read online and so many other factors influence the way we look at different social groups. In different parts of the world different social groups are shown in a bad light. Our initial reaction to certain people can be explained by what we were taught to see, but we cannot use that to excuse the way we act. We all can control how we act. There are bad Black people and bad White people. There are bad Muslims, bad Christians, bad Jews, bad atheists and so on. However, that does not mean that the person in front of you is a bad person. Treat others how you would like to be treated. A little kindness goes a long way.
I aspire to forgive, to be thoughtful and not to let my surroundings cloud my judgment. I know that I was put on this world to help others. That is my purpose and I have known it since I was a little girl. I strive to do at least one good deed every day to make someone else happy.
What do you want your role to be in this world? What is your purpose? Think about and act on it, because it is our responsibility to create the world we want to live in.
Age 18, The Netherlands