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Uncertainty for the Future

by Adedayo Adeyanju on 7th July, 2011 at 5:04 AM CEST

The fear of pain amongst young people is probably at its peak in our time. The pain of being hurt, of losing loved ones, of not having freedom, the pain that comes from a feeling of desolation etc. all build up to reflect the spirit of our times. So yes, there is a distant recognition that our future is in peril if the trends of terrorism continue but I think that secretly, in the depths of our hearts, we celebrate some of these actions.

Let me provide some background for my opinions.

Last week, a terrorist group in Nigeria engineered an explosion at the very heart of the Nigerian security forces, the Police Headquarters. They had earlier, last year in October, staged another explosion in Abuja, the capital on our Independence Day. This was a strike at our perception of safety and was met with immediate outcry against, not just the act, but also the authorities that “allowed” the bombing to happen.

Couple this with the Arab Spring and you might start to get the picture. We as youths are seemingly so determined to confront the authorities and effect immediate change in our society and the way it is run that we may have idealized terrorist attacks.

There is no greater time to be uncertain about the future than right now but I fear that we are creating that uncertainty for ourselves by not fully recognizing the attacks for what they are and also by unconsciously creating an elite system of youths that are “doing development work” or “working towards a sustainable future”.

We need to get ever more inclusive in our outreaches and activities. There is a 2008 report that says “One in three young people feel they have been affected by terrorism… more (them) cautious about making friends from different communities and backgrounds”.

Striking out against unfair and restrictive authority is one thing; violence against other people who are also largely victims is another. The year 2020 is just 9 years away, and with demonstrations already beginning to appear in Senegal, the economic situation in Greece etc. I fear that we may soon have a more comprehensive revolt on our hands unless young people (CF People) bring those outside of our conventional (and apparently elite)circles into conversation and begin to get into government and big business.

As youth of today, how do you think we can individually play our part to ensure a secure, certain and safe future for the world?

~ Adedayo from Nigeria (C:F Writer from Action Team #2)

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Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

You are right.. that only can be felt.. Recently I was into "SAARC leaders meet" and theme was PEACE.. It was amazing 6 days REAL interaction (beyond formal interactions) ...

Now they initiated one program called "CEnter of Peace" -- it will be amazing and at Micro as well as Macro level.. Its starting with India -- Pakistan Peace project... then it can slowly go to global..

- Peace within
- Peace with Others
- Peace with environment

(www.sayc2011.org) - u can have a look in d articles @ it in detail.. :)

7th July, 2011 @ 6:09 AM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

Every individual has to play his own part for a better tomorrow.

13th July, 2011 @ 5:21 PM CEST

Dhruv Kalaria

Dhruv Kalaria

Said by an Indian Poet centuries earlier::::

Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in character;

When there is beauty in character, there is harmony in home;

When there is harmony in home, there is an order in the nation;

When there is order in the nation, there is peace of the world.......

15th July, 2011 @ 9:57 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

Heyaa... Dhruv.. its my fav.. n poet is Shri A P J Abdul Kalam...

16th July, 2011 @ 1:22 PM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

Truly, we, the young people of today, have a stake in securing a certain and safe future for all. The two-word apparatus for us to achieve more are: “synergy and cooperation.” We have to work together in teams and cross-fertilize our ideas for greater impact. If we can fit our small steps into the big picture, we would see how things move forward and shift little by little until a positive change is accomplished.

We represent new ways of looking at the world, things that older people might not notice because they’re just used to the way that “things are.” Since the way that “things are” is melting the ice caps and the glaciers, acidifying the oceans––spreading drought, causing famine and flood across the earth––liquidating businesses and making people redundant across the globe, it’s a good thing that Challenge Future is challenging us to fashion out new approaches to save our ailing planet.

We are not, in my experience, in the midst of a cultural rebellion, thinking mostly about self-expression––maybe much of that work got done in the ‘60s, with the last wave of youthful passion. Instead, we are thinking very solidly about posterity––we are thinking about learning and working together for a common goal: a just and sustainable earth for all.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead.

6th August, 2011 @ 3:57 PM CEST

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