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Julien Marie S. Piñero | The Free Bird

People killing’, people dying’, children hurt and you hear them crying’

Can you practice what you preach? Or would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us, send some guidance from above

‘Cause people got me, got me questioning’

Where is the love?

I was just scrolling my Facebook feed when I bumped into an article about The Black Eyed Peas reviving their famous song “Where is the love.” I remember the 6-year-old me singing and rapping into this beat, not understanding the strong message behind the lyrics. Thirteen years later, I never knew that the same song would make me cry. Now, as I play this track, I am 19-years-old and fully aware of the global chaos. You know what makes me sad? It is the fact that I am fully aware of the tragedies that surround me, and not being able to do something about it. I wonder if my co-millennials also feel this way.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorized Syria, Paris, Belgium, Turkey, Orlando, and Dallas, to mention a few. Thousands of lives have been taken away. Not only that, children have been robbed the opportunity to live a normal life,the chance to be at school, the chance to play. They were deprived to experience childhood.

According to Inquirer, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorized the country, specifically in Davao. The blast killed 14 people and more than 60 were injured. ASG spokesperson Abu Rami warned that similar attacks should be expected in the coming days.Statuses, hashtags, and shared photos have circulated online. People have been reacting through different “emojis.” A lot have been using the hashtags #PrayForDavao and #StayStrongDavao. Some also shared negative statuses questioning Davao’s safety.

Our world has been facing a lot of global challenges. From environmental issues, gender equality, poor and rich gap, and to the endless list of global problems. All these things are really a lot to take in, but somehow we ought to know the current state of the world that we live in.

Are we really aware? Yes. Do we really care? That, I’m not certain. We just opt to share photos and videos, and statuses of the tragedies just to be socially updated so to speak. Millennials, wake up! We are more than just clicking like buttons and trending in social media sites.

The millennials are powerful, but they just don’t realize it. We, themillennials, are more than just hundred likes in Facebook; we are more than just a trend in Twitter;we are the representation of the future. We are the future. Everyone should do their part in whatever capacity because if  nobody won’t, then who will?

As you read this article, I hope I opened a hope in your heart. I hope you feel empowered. I hope you realize that you are a piece of the puzzle towards a better world. Every little action you do in helping the community and supporting campaigns that matter will count. So, stop being caged with your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Free yourselves to the world and find a way to let the world hear your voice and don’t forget to act upon it.

This is for you, my co-millennial.

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