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By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

"Me and all my friends
we're all misunderstood
they say we stand for nothing and
there's no way we ever could
now we see everything that's going wrong
with the world and those who lead it we just feel like we don't have the means
to rise above and beat it
so we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change.”
By John Mayer

When I was little I was glued to the T.V. Everyday I sat at home and gazed at anything and everything: cartoons, the Discovery channel, MTV, and the news. People dying. Global warming. Kids drinking. These were some of the dreadful things I witnessed; however, I perceived reality as entertainment. I told my mom that I was going to be super-woman and solve every problem in the world.

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15 comment(s)
Wow!!! So great
Aug. 22, 2016 at 9:09 PM • Report
Painful to read, but it is very true. Keep writing!
Jul. 08, 2016 at 12:14 PM • Report
Painful to read, but it is very true. Keep writing!
Jul. 08, 2016 at 12:14 PM • Report
I'm even more afraid of the next generation to come. In the future, technology will be so much more advanced and that will make it so much easier for kids in the future to be passive. Parenting will be so much harder too...
Jul. 26, 2015 at 11:49 AM • Report
I loved this it hit me like been smacked in the face I could really feel the passion whilst reading this
Jul. 13, 2015 at 5:20 PM • Report
I don't know... I just can't help but find my self disagreeing. Just from the people on this website I have seen the voices of our generation and they are far from passive.
Jul. 13, 2015 at 3:59 PM • Report
I'm SO glad to read something like this!  You are spot on!  "Action in our eyes is disobedience; however, this defiance is the basis of our passivity."  Brilliant, just brilliant.
Aug. 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM • Report
Finally, someone who spoke up about the falling standards of normal in this time! I am so glad, cause i though my friends and I were alone! I try to do what I can, and I told my best friend to do what is her.
Aug. 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM • Report
Whoa! I'm not the only teen who thinks this way!!! Awesomeness!!!!!!!! (Me, in my house, thinking celebratory music, with maybe the epilouge version of 'do you hear the people sing'.)  
Sep. 06, 2013 at 12:26 PM • Report
I really agree with you. I feel as if I can't fit in with others for this reason, I worry too much about how this world will end up in the hands of my messed up generation. I am aware that there will always be exceptions to this, which I am really thankful for. Seriously, is it really too much to ask why the students/young adult around me implement change in the world now rather than wait for it? This frustrates me so much that I want to truely start a revolution of my own in which I find a way to encourage people to actually go against this passivity to actually find their passions that can also help save this generation and future ones to come. I do admit that I've hadn't really implemented much change on what I'm passionate about, but after much thinking, I've decided that maybe this is the way to start. I feel so ashamed by how blind I was before becoming a sophmore, my apathy to everything around me, even though I had the resources to find out more. I hope that this illuminates many more adolescents that have the priviledge of reading the omnipresent truth.
Aug. 11, 2013 at 3:33 AM • Report