our voice is a weapon
Our voice is a weapon, and it is up to us whether or not we pull the trigger, and let ourselves be heard. It’s easy to assume that our voices are small and insignificant. That excuse is bottled up inside of us, to use, whenever. However, our voices are only small if we cease to speak. Which is why we continue to speak out in support of Palestine, to make sure the world has not forgotten, it’s why we stand against their inability to freely pray at Masjid al-Aqsa. When we become silent, we are saying that we condone what is happening.
We are a deeply sympathetic species aware of the struggles and grief that plagues different parts of the world, and can practically hear the pleas of the people who are unfortunate enough to face those hardships. When we hear this, for a little moment, we are pulled out of our comfortable first-world mindset, and forced into the unimaginable world of others. We become sad and sympathetic, we might even cry, and then we get a text message reminding us of our plans for tomorrow night, or the commercial break ends and we’re watching our favourite show again. We get distracted. Life goes on.
Those few moments of sorrow and guilt are thrown into the back of our minds, because what can we really do about it?
More than we can imagine.
We are a team of voices, ready to speak out, defend, and support what we believe in. Our ability to support Palestine, and countries in need by simply talking about them and making sure the world has not forgotten about them is as crucial as donating any amount of money. The second we stop speaking out, is the second the situations in these countries become ordinary.
We might not be able to stop world hunger, or save everyone in the world, some of us might not even be able to donate more than a few dollars. But, we have been given a gift far greater than our money, and that is our words and our actions.
Our words are a powerful tool, more so than we can imagine.
Only with our voices can we stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Imagine the unity of voices that come together in support of justice. That unity is the greatest power for change.
Writer, student, and a lover of art.