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Never Hold Back, Youth Holds a Fight

A forum on STUDENT ACTIVISM Showcasing the Historic Role of Filipino Students on Nation Building and Genuine Social Change

Emergences of local and international issues that are vastly contributing to socio-economic political systems have been discussed by a speaker who seems professed on his discussions. Topics such as violation of laws (e.g. police brutality, campus repression, continuous plundering), Post-Martial Law, Human Rights, Militarization, ISIS on world order domination, societal divide, educational maturation of the Philippine electorate, bureaucrat capitalism, development on socialism, ruling classes, indigenous people, collective rather than monopolize leadership, and national democratic point of view are discerned through their interconnectedness with the current events happening in the society. An abundant historical knowledge of student movements are substantiated through myriad evidences that lead to a single stance: the youth has been serving as the nation’s catalyst for change in various ways.

Prof. Mykel Andrada has deliberated a comprehensive report entitled Role of the Youth in Nation-Building and Social Change. It has been said that with the assistance that the modern technology provides us, the youth is being challenged to establish more relevant concerns. This may enhance not only a person’s outlook towards a progressive perspective but the enrichment of an entire system’s functions as well. Quotations from familiar sources are cited for further illustration of what is being talked about. One of them is an excerpt from an article Youth on the March, 1968: “A nation that does not continuously renew itself through progressive-minded and militant youth cannot possibly advance. A world of timid and apathetic youth will merely feed all the regimes of injustice and exploitation with a constant flow of manpower for exploited labor and cannon fodder for unjust wars.” Here, to rebel is justified has its meaning emphasized.

Student activism is more than just a political agenda, more than just a flaunt of influence, more than just a physical presence- for it awakens the spirit of awareness among the citizens of a state whereas the moment that unity offers its aid, is the time of global empowerment. As how the usual saying goes Youth is the hope of our nation; through acts of involvement, comes a compelling discourse on how a person can inspire significant drive to transcend advocacies into success. It is through student activism where future pioneers are rooted from. It fuels larger possibilities and greater outcomes to finally take over the dogmatic realms which challenge the capacity of every individual to choose whether to remain stagnant or keep fighting.

            Social investigation, facts gathering, analyzing, critical thinking, making a stand, planning, and acting may sound simple. The complexity lies within how these terms are put into actualization. Once the purpose is realized, the passion for revolution burns with a brighter flame. Life is vital, as survival encourages risks. Life becomes more meaningful if spent in service.

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Defiance: Death of Humanity

They have rampaged across cities and villages. Killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence… No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day– a statement from United States President Barack Obama, articulating his conviction about a hostile extremist group specified as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (which is lead by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi these days).

Aversion, threats, bombings, kidnappings, beheadings, invasion, and other forms of violence are immediate depictions upon a terrorist organization that is ISIS. Through its combative ingenuity and unfathomable brutality, the fact that it has been a former faction of the menacing Al Qaeda leaves us no doubt. Although both groups uphold Sunni Islam, they now emerge as rivals rather than allies. They severed a connection due to differentiation in particular aspects of their beliefs and principles. We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State [ISIS] to back off and leave our people alone, says the militant in black.

Evidently, the purpose of the Islamic State and Syria in establishing its association is the attainment of an Islamic Caliphate or state across the region where Sharia Law or code, encompassing religious and non-religious aspects of life, tries to rule as the foundation of the governance that is being built. To be able to meet what is expected of this government to be launched, ISIS is keen to comply whatever it takes. It needs supreme power and in order for it to gain control, strength must be shown to people. It must execute an expression that will invariably intimidate a whole community to follow. Otherwise, harm is going to be inflicted.

As for our mistakes, we do not deny them. Rather, we will continue to make mistakes as long as we are humans. God forbid that we commit mistakes deliberately, admitted by Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, one of the group’s ideologues. This is what an Islamic state is trying to consider as an excuse to implement even the torturing acts towards disobedience. It is observed here that what former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is blaming as bad systems of politics mixed with abuse of religion coincides as the root of the humiliating problems in the Middle East.

ISIS has taken advantage of the forces held by the conscientious institutions who lack the drive to put up a good fight against it; thus, paving its way to a more empowered sense of terrorism. It formulates strategic plans to advance skills and ultimately level up in a variety of ways, such as: targeting those localities that are more willing to abide its regulations, providing accessibility with dissatisfied Sunni tribes and others who have suffered marginalization and deprivation by the administration, recruiting foreign fighters who even travel far across the world to join the cluster, risking the safety of opponents basically to bolster its regional intentions, launching attacks on the West whenever feasible, seeking ruthless control over the minorities and fellowmen that may lead to forced take off or even murder, stipulating for ransom of its captives, ignoring international borders, expanding set of connections as its ideology polishes, evading to alienate influential tribal leaders, and trying to win favor through organizing welfare programs and activities.

Recently, the news is widespread about the assassination of James Foley and Steven Sotloff- when in fact this is just a chunk from a huge number of instances wherein ISIS has viciously detracted the lives of people who could have stayed for a longer period of time and be significant members of the society as catalysts of change and contributors of productivity. These American journalists are not mainly the ones who are supposedly to be served as sacrificial lamb, as such catastrophic event to human race roars so loud as if raving the dominance of barbarism that boosts the ego of a completely deranged autonomous system. Nobody can be justifiably pulled out to offer his/her own life based from the fallacious demands of misinterpretation, lack of communication, biased decision, unlawful implication, extortion, and rebellion. Nobody has that obligation to accept a fate of being decapitated for the sake of satisfying a nihilistic viewpoint’s thirst for revenge. Putting one’s self in service of other people doesn’t have to automatically mean dying because this kind of nobility requires bravery and courage- and our nation apparently needs them here to stay.

Myriad cases of inhumane treatment internationally reported or not, have been quite alarming to global relations especially to countries that are immensely caught up in discord. It is not only journalists or public and private officials or the native people who are considered to be active along the danger zone of coercion, but each one of us. Everyone is prone to get victimized by the irrational superiority. There’s no safe place to hide, nowadays.

Beyond those words that are deemed to fit into the description of how ISIS placed itself into a context that is not credited to be favorable, is the mind of a youth whose perspective will never falter when it comes to attending to issues which open the door of vulnerability to her fellowmen while unwrapping her side of consciousness. I, as an individual who is aware of these phenomena, take my stand to diverge from the doctrine of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Perhaps I considerably acknowledge its reinforcement of laws regarding a stronghold for faith in religion, the process of flawlessly carrying out its directives, and commitment to scheme; but I cannot attest to fully tolerate injustices in the process of putting up with the plan.

I believe to the extent of my ability as a citizen of this country to prevent the cultivation of aberration from the morality of the standards that are set upon our society. Words are potential source of vitality but actions are what transform our ideals into possibilities. Being on my position right now, I advice those dealers on the black market to stop patronizing the oil of ISIS for it funds the group enough to have some money spent on its operations. I also suggest that countries shall enhance their need for vigilance especially in America (and of course even here in the Philippines) to at least lessen the casualties from attacks. If we are really into slamming the dogma of ISIS, then we must condemn it from stepping into our territorial claims unless proven to deserve meritorious consideration.

Voice of the public explodes stronger than bombs of our enemies. Speak the truth even if it means a higher rate of having your head cut off. Chances are: you die dignified or you live regretful for the rest of your life. Uncertainty of what might happen in the future is presented and we all know that assault is very disturbing and is difficult to prevent. We might not have enough cannons and grenades and jet planes but let us prepare ourselves from the forthcoming attacks of terrorism. Our unity is our defense. It sounds hilarious but it is the choice that we have today. It is a decision that waits to be settled on.

Ambitious, future-oriented, and serious about the expansion of the Islamist ideology- this is ISIS. Steadfast, tough, and devoted- is who we are. The bottom line is that you might try to adhere to the recruitment process of the other camp… if that wouldn’t make you feel remorseful for betraying millions of lives that depend on the holistic essence of what it means to be united as one, against all odds and even amid a terrifying period of adversity.

For the end part of this article, I would want to emphasize that ourselves is all that we need in times of puzzling events like this. It doesn’t matter how big or small you might actually see it. One thing I would want to assure is that we don’t want to have to witness more lives leaving this world for nothing. Death is not something that can be defied, but the purpose of the life one has offered is enough to let us continue the battle that will persevere to protect ourselves and our fellowmen.

Dare to try defiance for the sake of the forbidding death of humanity.

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