When our systems have repeatedly failed us, it may difficult to believe that
we can change our nation and the world. It may be difficult to believe that
humans are going to change. Some of us may have even developed or enabled the corrupt
policies that are in place now, either in purpose or without realizing it. But
no one is perfect and we all mistakes; sometimes small ones and sometimes big
ones. When we have a certain way of doing things it becomes harder to change
our minds. Sometimes we’re blinded by the way people treat us and so we end up
doing the same thing to someone else. Sometimes we don’t think things
through all the way and consider how it will affect others. But we can
change our minds, morals, and beliefs at any time. We can forgive ourselves for
the mistakes of our past and we can make up for it by correcting them for our
Genocide shows just how connected to one another we really are. It shows how
we are all constantly affecting one another through our words and our actions.
It shows how it connects and affects us on personal, cultural, political,
governmental, and economical levels. Genocide is still happening today because
we’ve allowed it to for so long. We’re divided because of the labels we created
to define one another. We’re divided because we discriminate against others
based on their national, ethnical, racial, religious, political, or social
status. At the end of the day we’re all human which means we’re all the same.
Human rights are the moral standard that we always hold ourselves to. The
moment we take that away from anyone, regardless of their actions, is the
moment we’ve lost freedom. We can learn to protect our freedom without
destroying others in the process.
The reality of ending genocide is that it’s a lot easier said than done.
It’s going to take a lot of time and money to get the message out. But every
sacrifice we make now is an investment for our future. We’ve been using
crowdfunding frequently to help others in the past decade or so. We’ve assisted
families, friends, and strangers with medical bills, memorial services, natural
disasters, emergencies, education, projects, businesses, etc. We’ve already
supported so many people within our communities which is great, and we should
continue to do so. But we should also use crowdfunding to pool our resources
together for ending genocide since it will benefit all of us. Investing in
people first is one of the best things we can do for our economy and this
method is what’s sustainable for our future. Our commitment to prioritizing
human rights will empower others to succeed so we can all be productive members
The reality of ending genocide is that it’s going to take years of challenging
work to create a lasting framework. There might be days where it seems like
we’re not progressing. There might be days where our efforts may seem futile.
There might be days where we just want to give up. But every day we choose to
turn the other way is another day of living in fear for someone else. It’s
another day of suffering for someone on the other side. It’s another day of
psychological and sociological effects that will one day affect another person.
When you listen to and watch the stories of the victims, the message is the
same. They’re pleading for help and are wondering if they will ever have a better future. For every day that we choose not to work towards freedom is
another day of inequality for all of us. For every day that we work
towards ending genocide is a day of progression towards world peace. As long as we keep pushing we will succeed. We can be
the first generation to implement practices that follow through with the
standards of living we’ve claimed throughout history. We can be the first
generation to give meaning to the words, “never again”. We can be the first
generation to end genocide once and for all.