Anthony Van Dyck
“But Jesus called the children to
him and said, ‘Let the children
come to me and do not stop them,
because the Kingdom of God
belongs to such as these. ‘ “
- The Bible , Good News Translation
Kids are great because they cut to the chase, see right to the heart of things. Jesus told us to have childlike faith, for that reason. It’s adults that complicate things too much. Kids say it like it is.
We have to listen to future generations NOW. The unborn, the little ones, the teens, they have righteous needs. They need a safe world free of violence, starvation, thirst, nakedness, sickness, disability, homelessness, pollution, discrimination, rejection, online bullying, exploitation, compulsory military service, and fear.
* They have the right to go to school and not be mown down by semi-automatic guns.
*They have the right to see the Great Barrier Reef and the Amazon still glowing with colour when they are retired, and travelling.
*They have the right to not grow up living in doorways , cars and tents.
*They have the right to attain their full height due to good nutrition, and to be safe playing in their town , from bombs and kidnappers.
*They have the right to clean and sufficient water.
* They have the right to medicine and surgery as needed.
*They have the right to be free, not locked up in immigration detention centres, to go to playgrounds and malls like other children.
* They have a right to a good education, both boys and girls.
*They have the right to practice the religion of their family without persecution.
*They have the right to visit forests near their homes, to glimpse native animals and to hear the birds and insects.
*They have the right to a job when they grow up.
*They have the right to love and be loved.
They have the right to live to see the last nuclear , chemical and biological weapon in the world disarmed.
“ They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. That us kids don't know what we're talking about, that we're too young to understand how the government works. We call BS.” - Emma Gonzalez.
Acerules , age 16 says:
Youth today want a lot of things from the “grownups” of the world. The most important and most pressing is respect. Kids, teenagers even those newly deemed “Adults” feel as though their youth is being used against them. Just because, yes I am young and yes I may not be as experienced in the world does not mean that you should ignore what I have to say.
That ties in with something that’s causing an increasing frustration with us, we want control of our own futures. We want to have a say in things that affect us. We don’t want people deciding things that they won’t even be here for, we want politicians to ask our opinion like they value it. Not just send reporters to a random city with questions most people only hear about on YouTube.
No, they should use those censuses they take , to make sure everyone under voting age has told them whether they agree with any particular issue or not. We want the voting age lowered to 16. We want a say in our own lives and the things that affect us.
One of the greatest speeches delivered in this century: