21. A B C, it’s easy as 1 2 3

Are we all part of an experiment that failed?

Is this what the world has come to?

There is so much evil, so much hostility in this world, so much pain – while I worry about being too fat to become a singer, there’s people who are dying. Every day, every hour, every minute, people die because of heinous, horrific crimes: terrorism and war and famine, things we allow to happen.

And death is  unconditionally permament.That’s what we don’t understand. Lives, humans who are the main characters of their own stories, fighting for tomorrow.

Many speeches like this have been recited and written, read and performed, so many that you’re probably sick of this one already. But I’m not afraid. I will do it again and again until someone listens. That’s why Vera Brittain inspires me so much.

Human lives are important. Not one is more important than any other. The damage is all so preventable and the infamy of this generation is something I dread; today’s youth is in omnia paratus, living almost in fear of everything that’s ahead of us.

There is darkness. There are profound demons lurking in this century, ready to pounce, but we are capable of goodness, too. And if the good finds a way to outweigh the bad, we can make it through. Just bring your own light and help others find theirs. That’s all we can do.

 

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