It still amazes me to this day how my peers can be so utterly oblivious to the world falling apart around them. Some of them have never even heard of what happened in Gaza, let alone tell me in which region of the world it’s in, and some of them have no clue as to what’s wrong with Ferguson. It’s actually quite frustrating, especially when these news stories have been in headlines for weeks!
One of the biggest things some of my classmates and age fellows fail to realize is that one day we’re all going to run this world, that we’re all going to have to understand the problems affecting us as well. At times it means knowing about the risks of traveling in countries with outbreaks of deadly diseases such as Ebola. Other times it means being able to stand up for our rights so that we don’t share the same fate as Ferguson. Sometimes it’s playing an active role in protesting injustices elsewhere, like boycotting Israeli products to support Palestine or speaking out against another war, such as the one looming with the ISIS in Iraq and Syria, or the close call with Ukraine.
If my generation can stand to be so ignorant and oblivious to the world around them, whether it is of their own choice or because they aren’t allowed the exposure to these problems we all face as people on this planet, then the planet is surely doomed.