Musings

Malala Yousafzai.


"The Girl Who Changed Pakistan"

“Malala Yousafzai, the very young Pakistani girl who was shot point blank in the head, simply because she wanted to go to school, learn about the world, and read books.
 
As you know from the news, she is recuperating in England, and the United Nations had declared Nov. 10 as “Malala Day” to honor her struggle for an education, particularly in a culture that has powerful forces that go against the idea of educating girls and women as a human right, rather than as a privilege of the rich.”

We are faced with the sad realities of the world and how it works- on how social
class, ethnic and racial diversity, gender difference, and such determines our
social standing and power in the society. The world treats you depending on
where you belong among those particular set of categories. The world belongs to
you if you are a rich, and powerful man, as opposed to the poor and
marginalized, in which society ceaselessly ostracize them. Justice, in their
perspective, remains unrecognized.

I think this discrimination thing that happens and how justice continues to be
unprevailed has something to do with the psychological-being of a person. How a
person’s mind works, and his behavior compels him to conform. Who would want to
stand up for someone inferior against the majority and the superior even though
we are aware on how the latter treats the former to be brutally inhumane? A lot
of us usually get scared if we try to oppose the powerful. We are afraid on how
the society will treat us, if we try to do so. We are aware of its
repercussions, so we try to avoid things that would lead us into the “enemy of
the rich and powerful”. Eventually, we pretend to be like one of the “elite”
people just to avoid being tagged as one of the inferiors. I have always
believed that such people who are fearless to stand up for what they think is
right, no longer exist. But this belief changed after I learned about Malala.

Upon hearing the story of this girl from Dr. Evasco in the class, the hairs on
my arms stood up as I continued to listen. This girl just had so much courage,
and sense of justice that I salute her. She was willing to stand up for herself
just to attain an education, in which most of the people who have the capacity
to afford an education only have the access for this, in which in most cases,
they take this forgranted.

We never really realize the value of education not until we become cognizant on
how the others struggle just to attain such right, and need. Malala was shot
point blank in the head because she was a girl who wanted to be educated.

We are faced with the sad realities of the world and how it works- on how social
class, ethnic and racial diversity, gender difference, and such determines our
social standing and power in the society.

The world treats you depending on where you belong among those particular set of
categories.

The world belongs to you if you are a rich, and powerful man, as opposed to the
poor and marginalized, in which society ceaselessly ostracize them.

Justice, in the former’s perspective, will continue to remain unrecognized if no
one dares to stand up against those who have wronged them.

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