Sunday, October 16, 2016

Freedom of Speech is Bullshit (a speech I wrote for a high school student-competition)

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Freedom of speech, freedom of speech, freedom of speech. Hear the words and look around you. Has anything changed just because we have freedom of speech? Of course not, because freedom of speech, the freedom to speak out is nothing but words, unless we take actions to back them up.

Millions of children, billions of people wake up each day, fearing that today may be their last. They are free to speak out, but that will save them from being blown up by a bomb or starving for lack of food and water. Speaking out will not get them anything to eat at the market. Say it as many times as you like: I’m hungry, my mother and my brothers are dying, please give me some food that we may live – can’t you see, I’m a human just like you. Unfortunately, freedom of speech will not it will not buy you any food - you need money for that.

Freedom of speech, freedom of speech, I can say it a thousand times, but it will not save even a single child or the newborn baby who has just died in her mother’s arms because mommy's body was too weak to produce enough milk to feed her baby. She had freedom of speech; she was free to speak out and she did. So loudly, she cried-out as she was being raped by soldiers who came in the night and murdered everyone in her village, except for the young girls who they kept alive for their pleasure. They had freedom to speak out and they did as they cried for help - that never came.

Freedom of speech, freedom of speech, freedom of speech! I can say it a thousand times and we can praise it until we are all dead, but these words mean nothing without living deeds to back them up. Therefore, I will say to all of you here today, use your words carefully, for without the living deeds to back them up, your freedom of speech amounts to nothing more empty sound bites that you can carry to your grave, only to realize in your last breath, that now it is too late to live the words you spoke in the hollow hope of creating yourself as life.

Freedom of speech, freedom of speech, freedom of speech: it is bullshit without the right and the freedom to practice what we preach. Therefore, today, I will leave you with this promise that I as a new leader will not rest until all of my people; the people of humanity, have the freedom not only to speak out, but also to live the words they speak, equally as one with all of humanity, in peace without fear as life was meant to be. 

My friends sometimes say, I am Buhnan or I am Saedic. I always reply: you and I, we are one in the same; I am an earthling, equally as one with you. For this reason, I will always respect you as I care to have you respect me.

Ladies and gentlemen: let us stop pretending that, freedom of speech is something special when there is no equality as a guaranteed right of every human being to live the words they speak, to live a dignified life. Change for the better will only come when we face reality, self-honestly.


Thank you for listening to my words on Freedom of Speech. I present them to you as a gift from me, free of charge.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

What the World Needs Now, is for Humans to Take Self-Responsibility (Writing sample for my Composition class)

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Everywhere we look, we see problems, but no solutions. People are pointing fingers and blaming politicians, while politicians spend most of their time blaming each other. Instead of blaming one another, what the world needs now is for human beings to take self-responsibility.

Every four years, presidential candidates promise to do this and that, but once they get into office, the first thing they always do, is to grab more power. Why do we need presidents to tell us what to do; why can’t we the people make decisions for ourselves? Millions of people are suffering from air pollution because the electric company refuses to take responsibility for the pollution that they create. They point their fingers at the people and their dirty cars and motorcycles. But, what if twenty-million people decided to stop buying that company’s other products? I bet the electric company would suddenly decide to burn cleaner coal. Hell, they might even decide to go green.

The education system wastes students’ time by forcing them to memorize so much useless information. The parents don’t know what’s going because they are too busy working to pay for cram schools to teach their kids because the government schools can’t seem to do it. I say, if students want to change the education system, they are going to have to stand up demand to exercise their creative potential, at home and at school. And what about this crazy idea that, 99% of the people have to slave forty, fifty and sixty hours a week just to survive, while one-percent own almost all the property and get to live like kings and queens? I say it’s time to end wealth inequality and redistribute the resources equally. Unfortunately, nothing is ever going to get fixed until each one of us take responsibility for getting it done. What is my responsibility as an Earthling? My ability to respond = my response-ability.