I feel like the past few years have been a whirlwind of situations and events that have slowly been changing me, changing my passion and igniting my need to see a change in this world. This last year especially has left myself, and the world, facing a number of situations that make me step back and ask ‘Is this for real?’.
I remember joking with friends in high school about how crazy it would be if all those totalitarian movies and books turned out to be right, and talking about how we believed that mankind had come too far to allow it. With all these movies and stories talking about what would happen in these kinds of dystopian societies, you would think that mankind would know better. That governments, law enforcement and people would know better.
You would think.
The events we have begun to see unfolding more and more frequently prove that line of thinking wrong, and to be honest, I’m frightened. I’m worried because the people in charge either don’t see it, or don’t care.
This is the 21st Century, and we’re moving back towards a massive divide between the disenfranchised and poor, and the filthy rich, elite few. The middle class is slowly depleting as jobs are disappearing and costs are going up.
Our forward-thinking society is rank with racism, religious elitism and more. People are so self-concerned with their own lives that the lives of others don’t matter.
Situations that should never have happened are unfolding in almost a regular fashion. Unfolding like scenes from a movie as we can only sit back and watch with terror. And people responding in an equally awful fashion.
Ferguson, Ukraine, Ottawa.
Mass amounts of young girls being kidnapped, and threatened to be sold into slavery if ransoms aren’t paid.
Canadians leaving to go join ISIS, a terrorist group that believes there is no difference between the leaders and the innocent.
Over 20 fatalities from accidents in our area this year alone. 5 in one weekend. Distracted driving is at an all-time high, because that Facebook post is more important than the lives on the road around them. People who no longer care about traffic laws because getting to wherever they’re going is more important than that potential accident they might cause.
Mass, media mockery of someone’s mental illness, as if something beyond their control is a total joke.
I find myself unsure of how to process it all.
But there is one thing I do know. Unless we take a stand, unless we, the people, start stepping up to inspire change. And despite the bleakness that so many are feeling, people are.
When a girl was bullied to the point where most people would give up, she started a campaign to put positive post-it notes on lockers, cars, and anywhere for people to see.
When a bunch of awful people tagged and assaulted a Mosque after the Ottawa shooting, local residents, church members and militia cleaned the graffiti and replaced it with loving messages.
There is hope. In a world where things look bleak, there is still hope that things can change. And I intend to be a part of that wave.