Commentary: World weighs shoulders of students

Does anyone else feel like the weight of the world is on their shoulders? The genocide in Darfur, global warming, the spread of HIV/AIDS, the continued rise of youth violence and homicide rates, the war in Iraq, sex trafficking and the list goes on. Doesn’t anyone seriously want change?

Yes, humanity has been around for quite some time, but every day it seems we mess up more and more things. And to top it off, any time you turn on the TV all you hear about is this murderer or that rapist and the death toll in Iraq, followed by American Idol or Grey’s Anatomy. Is that our way of dealing with the atrocities of the world, by letting ourselves get sucked into a society where everything seems like just another TV show?

It’s almost as if someone from above keeps whispering, “Don’t worry, everything is ok, just turn your iPod back on, put on your sunglasses, read your newspaper, check your Facebook wall postings and when the weekend comes, drink yourself to oblivion.” How much longer can humanity stay ignorant before we have to deal with the realities of today, not tomorrow? Isn’t this life about survival?

When I step back and look at the big picture, it seems as if we’ve lost sight of that fact. There are some people out there working toward change in non-governmental organizations, medicine, U.N. peacekeeping missions

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