“I think that this captivating feeling of being relevant forms part of our reality of being men and women…”
Some call them rebels. I admire my schoolmates and teachers from the University of the Philippines Integrated School because of their staunch convictions in life. They are no-nonsense people, and they surely know how to make a stand – in fact, in all issues in life, they have something to say. There is no middle ground for them.
While other youths may be self-absorbed or indifferent, people from my school strained their throats on the streets, fighting for what they think is just and right for society. Some of them have become activists as early as high school, more joined during college and a few even became full-time activists later on.
It is with respect when I remember a friend of mine from high school, who is a bright and talented student and writer, became an activist when he stepped into college. Instead of pursuing a more visible career as perhaps being a full-time writer (as he was a writer of the university publication before) or a filmmaker (as that was his college degree), he opted to be a full-time activist. It is with endearment when I remember him because he is surely one of those young gifted people who could have ended up building a glorious career for themselves. However, he instead chose to mind others and not to be cooped up in his own affairs. My friend is an example of those activists whom I respect because the battle they wage is not only theirs alone but encompass that of many others too.
The full article can be accessed at https://www.wya.net/op-ed/the-rebels-in-disguise/
This article is posted in World Youth Alliance (WYA) on 26 July 2018. It is adopted from my recently launched book entitled “Crossroads: Musings of a Millennial about the Youth and God”, a book that tackles the crossroads where God and the youth can meet. The book was launched on 23 September 2017 in Ortigas, Philippines.
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