All too often we hear people complain that the world is corrupted, that our youth is no longer level-headed, that all of our "family values" and morals have been tossed out the window.
But we seem to sometimes forget that these people are the ones that are going to save lives and change the world.
Love and acceptance is found now more than ever whereas, a few decades ago, the color of your skin could heavily determine what your future would be. Nowadays, even if prejudice is not eliminated completely, the color of your skin or your religion or creed or gender or sexuality no longer holds the same weight on your future as it had previously.
All people are able to educate themselves, to get a degree, and to become impassioned by something to the point where they would be willing to dedicate their whole life to studying just that.
And you may say that our youth is corrupted, but look at how we talk to our friends. Look at how how we hug them when they're sad and talk to them when they need us. Look at how we openly accept diversity and how we have become social justice warriors, how we dream bigger than we might have done generations before, how we've managed to exponentially increase our graduation rates because we care about our futures.
A few decades ago, a heart condition would have meant certain death for a newborn baby but now, we are able to perform open heart surgery on an organ the size of a peanut. On top of that, the child will grow up to live a normal, healthy life.
We've seen what a whole different planet looks like while sitting in a room here on Earth. We create things that define the human spirit and why we work so diligently with technology, to discover and to learn and to fill ourselves with more knowledge. And to think, there's a group of people who worked tirelessly with their long, sleepless nights just so that the rest of the world could be so entranced by science. We build vehicles then send people off into the galaxy in them and they're up their for years while we eagerly sit, awaiting their return so we can soak up their stories like a fascinated sponge.
We can learn something at the touch of a button, talk to a loved one by touching a piece of glass. There are cars that run on electricity or hydrogen or that run by themselves without even needing hands on a steering wheel. There's screens that educate us on current events and what we can do to make a difference. We have security systems that keep us and our families safe and, on top of that, we're developing new technologies which create, ultimately, new ways of living that make our days more efficient.
So, ask me what the world has come to, my dear. Because if you do, I'll tell you exactly what I see. And if everything I had just mentioned is the kind of world I live in, I'd say I'm pretty content.
About the Author
Justine Bautista is a student at Chapman University. She is a double major in Psychology and Integrated Educational Studies and plans to pursue a career in Developmental Research. Justine is a writer for Free to Dream Magazine and also serves as manager/editor for their blog. Outside of Free to Dream, she works as an SBA for Kaplan Test Prep and helps students in planning their pursuit of a graduate degree. She also works with social media brands and small businesses (ex. Pacific Swimwear and Impact Juice Bar). Justine is an avid neuroscience and coffee enthusiast. She loves books, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and dancing around while singing her favorite song, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron and Wine :)