This I Believe

Ashley - Merritt Island, Florida
Entered on January 13, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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I have yet to reach the mark of being an adult, or to have experienced all there is in this world to experience, yet already, in the midst of my teenage years I am already convinced that the world with which we dwell in everyday is both lost and dying. This generation especially I believe holds true to this thought. We’ve lost touch with ourselves. We’ve lost sight of what real love is and how special it is. We laugh whole-heartedly at the pain and failure of others. We are hypocrites, liars, and thieves and because we refuse to see this we continue to live our lives the way we do. This generation is the definition of ‘alternative lifestyle’. We are quick to accept the way our lives are instead of believing that we deserve better. Comfort is our poison.

Our forefathers roll in their graves, mourn for us, are angered by us. We mock civil rights activists. Instead of using our minds, we use our bodies. We are the stupidest, most naive generation, we believe that the world owes us something when in reality the world has nothing to offer us but more suffering, and more hate. We are constantly searching for a meaning in life, but the answer has been there all along. We are obsessed with learning more and more, but what’s the point when we do nothing with it. We let it accumulate and we grow greedy, and paranoid. To secure information we hurt, even kill. We store up only to die and have our treasures raided.

What right do we have to live? None. We have no reason to exist, but we live nonetheless. We have a chance to change, to right our wrongs, to make amends. We have a chance, a moment in time, to make a difference, to leave our mark on the world before our time here is up. This generation has an opportunity that others have missed. We can change history, wipe out hopelessness. I want to be one of those who realize their potential, who understand that unless something is done the world could end with us. I want to be someone who others can aspire to be as great as, maybe even greater than. I want to be a demonstration of hope, of perseverance, of what happens when you have faith, when you refuse to give up or give in.

This I believe, that although our world is plagued and in a state of hopelessness, that although we as a people have lost touch with our Creator to believe in the things of this world, all is not lost. This I believe, I will be a history maker, a world wide shaker, I will make a difference, I will challenge the leaders of this world and the people they command. This world shall be lost and dying no more; it will not just survive the test of the times, but it will thrive, and the people of this world, of my generation, will be impacting. This, I believe.