Youthful vigor is a very powerful weapon if wielded appropriately and with good reason especially if freedom and liberty are the reasons.
Sometimes it doesn’t even need to be in the right hands to work, nor does it need a particular individual to succeed.
All It needs I think, is the collective will of the people to rise up and speak. You don’t think the youths have a voice do you?
It brought about the French Revolution, The October revolution of Russia led by the Bolsheviks, The Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro, The American revolution, The Indian independence, the Arab Spring in recent history, and just on the 5th of February 2017 in Romania, it took only about 250,000 people and 5 days of protesting to get their government to hear and abide by the voice of the people. Most of these was done by Young people
I really thought that this would be the spark we needed as young people.
I had high hopes that the will of young people will be heard. Maybe, just maybe.
Alas, it wasn’t and yet we all had a role in watching it water down to a trickle. I salute those who participated in it’s creation, posterity will not remember you, the history books won’t even bare your photo.
For my father’s who were also wrong when they kept quiet while Fela A Kuti told the government that they will hear “pansa pansa” from him. His house was burnt, he was arrested and his family threatened. Yet they only danced to his songs, maybe that should have been the spark.
He was just “one man” I consider him as a youth go and argue with power.
In our generation, we were wrong to have also left only a few people to try. Maybe the sparks come in a generation, if missed the consequences to be borne by all including the children.
One man can be threatened, they took our voice away and they don’t want us to scream. If there was any atmosphere I like, it is the charged feeling brought together by young people with a common thought. That energy can power any nuclear reactor.
As John Quincy Adams 6th President of the United States said, “Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.”
“We are greater together” G. N. S. Pwajok.
The only lesson to know is that; We as a people need to understand that things are not as they should be and only WE can fix it by demanding.
I won’t say “At least there was a voice”.
I won’t ask why you didn’t think of it.
John Milton said that, “To be given the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience above all liberties does it rank” and for some individuals to stifle a voice that attempted to be heard is a deprivation of the very tenets of freedom and liberty. In essence it is not well with US ALL.
As Benjamin Franklin said “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.
If a few old individuals can threaten the security of our collective wish into submission and withdrawal from participating in making decisions that can potentially send us to war; screaming with a voice and demanding for youthful participation, the ideology of youth backed with passion, accountability and improvement in health and economic standards; then gentlemen we are but eagles in a cage chirping freedom while parrots run the skies.
We are not living in times of war yet our right to peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and movements have been curtailed. “. . . dear as freedom is and in my hearts just estimation, prized above all price. . .” William Cooper 1788
Finally, “. . . Let the revolting distinctions of rich and poor disappear once and for all, the distinction of great and small, of masters and valets, of governors and governed. Let there be no other difference between human beings than those of age and sex. Since all have the same faculties, let there be one education for all, one food for all.” Gracchus Francois Noel Babeuf 1760 French Revolutionary.
I protest, even if I do it alone in my room via the Internet.
I protest, that a government that came to power through the voice of young people have turned around and padlocked our lips and threatened our voices.
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