CHANGE THE WORLD
Modern day slavery in West Africa, race riots in India and floods in Pakistan. Just some of the recent international headlines coming out of the national media. But looking at those words on this blog, people don’t flinch or even bat an eyelid. The common response would be ‘meh’ before swiftly going on to facebook to look at that friend’s, friend party photo’s at that place, somewhere.
It seems the world’s problems have no impact any more. They have become saturated to such an extent that nothing surprises us anymore, like someone hiding in the same place shouting ‘BOO’ at regular 5 minute intervals before we realise that we must ignore this odd human.
So how do we de-saturate our desensitized minds? Do we have a detox of anything that is detrimental to our brain? Could we ban the use of ‘De’ in front of words, maybe that would solve it? Or do we keep asking rhetorical questions in a quest to find some sort of rhetorical parallel universe where everything is fine and dandy?
The last paragraph littered with questions marks answers my question. Well not really I just thought it would look clever like some sort of tired thriller about old people. The point is the youth are on a different planet. Not connected to how lucky we are in this country, what we can change and how much there is to offer.
Everyone can ‘change the world.’ (I know people will probably snort ‘change the world’ HA! Before logging on to facebook to see that friends, friend after party photo’s entitled ‘OMG WE GOT SO SMASHED, LIKE OMG.’) But yes it is true you can change the world in your own way.
I didn’t realise how much we as young people could change things in our local communities. Until I emailed my local MP Theresa Villier’s about a poetry workshop’s I had in mind. Next thing you know every week I’m helping to run a poetry workshop in a local youth centre with a supremely talented poet by the name of ‘The Leano.’
That’s one example of anything that can be achieved. Its small change and it won’t make headlines but you see the changes yourself in the community. I’d say to anyone young living in Barnet, London or the United Kingdom: take advantage of the many things available in this country. Before your old, and you know middle aged and stuff.
By Mohamed-Zain Dada