Thomas Jefferson once said "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." Now that's a strong statement...but it's true. Our governments around the world no longer represent the people who put them in power. The government has become so complacent that they have forgotten whose needs come first. America isn't the only place where it's happening; it's happening around the world! We see it every day, whether we like it or not. The government doesn't represent us anymore.
Am I saying they don't care? No, their priorities are in the wrong place. They've forgotten who they are supposed to represent. Like I've said earlier, America isn't the only place that this is occurring. Take Haiti for example, the people were rioting in the streets of Port-au-Prince. The Haitian government tried to place a gas price spike that is set to put a liter of gas at 5 dollars. That's almost what they make a week. A week! If you don't see the problem, then maybe it's time we all take a look in the mirror.
All governments have done something heinous and completely stupid. America doesn't have its hands clean either. As you know, our government, commanded by "he-who-must-not-be-named", decided to cage children and separate them from their parents. The reason? They decided to come to America for a chance at a better life. Supporters of "his" say they've come "illegally". Do you know how long it takes to become a U.S. citizen? Too long. The process takes too long. The problem that really irks me is that the government showed no compassion. They split the children from their parents and now they don't know how they'll reunite them. You'd think that they would've figured this out.
Every problem that we come across can be fixed. How we do that might be the challenge. As long as those in power do whatever they want nothing can change. Albert Einstein once said "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." This problem can only be solved with the energy of the younger generation. We, the youth, can no longer sit idly by as the elites drag us down a path of irreversible damage that they've set us upon. This is the time for new solutions and new ideas. We can't use the same thinking that has put us in this position. The younger generation has ideas, you just have to trust us. I believe we can fix this. We can fix this problem, together. This is not the time for division. This is the time for unity. This is the time we come together and change the world. We have to make a stand against injustice. We have to make a stand against corruption. We can make a stand for future generations.
I believe we can work together to fix this problem. The problems that we face aren't as big as critics make them out to be. In my honest opinion, I believe no matter how bad a person may seem that deep down they are still human. At the end of the day, we are all still humans. Instead of casting judgment, we should welcome with open arms. What the world lacks is compassion. We see things going on in a far away land and we pretend it doesn't affect us. We see it on the news and yet we turn away. Have we become so desensitized to the violence that we pretend it's another day? I don't believe that to be so.
The world is changing and not for the better. The citizens of the world are turning a blind eye to the injustice committed by the government. I believe the world can be a better place if we'd just try to show compassion when we see our fellow citizens suffer a loss, whether it's from a country raising gas prices too high or a country separating a child from its mother. Compassion mixed with courage can change the world. So let's have compassion and the difference will show. Together we can change the world.