We often forget our real voices in a busy world like today's. Because the judgments of others are more important than ever, we tend to focus on 'their' voices than 'ours'. No matter how much our hearts shout out from the inside, they get crushed and ignored by the outer force. Not only do we put more importance on 'their' voices, but also ruin the proper priorities. It gets more difficult to listen to our true inside opinions when the world is as globalized as today's. The outer force comes from countless nationalities and races that we get confused with our stances on global issues.
As a Korean student with an experience of living outside of Korea, I realized how closed up and narrow-minded people can get in this country. The society expects an unanimous voice and less standing out opinions because that is the norm.What this country needs, however, is not a general opinion agreed by the majority. We need to focus more on the minorities and have their voices be heard and respected. Because being different is not being wrong, as we often confuse the two, we need to learn to open our minds and accept the diversity.That, I believe, is the key in making big in and around the world.
Take the speech of the current Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, as an instance. He built his reputation and competency through various statements and one of them was a speech at the U.N headquarters commemorating Human Rights Day. Ban condemned countries with anti-gay laws and criticized their government. He said, "It is an outrage that in our modern world, so many countries continue to criminalize people simply for loving another human being of the same sex." Not only did he make clear that humans can never judge one another, but also mentioned how we must not justify denial of basic human rights.
People may not agree entirely with the stance Ban is making as an important member of the United Nations and that is perfectly fine. What people need to learn from his statement is the fact that nobody should be disrespectful towards opinions and life styles of any minorities, because they are not wrong.
As of today, around 7.1 billion people live around the globe. Thinking that 7.1 billion people's opinion could be summarized into one is an arrogance and high-and-mightiness of ever so imperfect humans. The values people hold are never exactly the same. Even between family members, they have different priorities in life. Imagine how diverse and variety the voices of 7.1 billion people can be. Think about how much we could be missing by ignoring the minorities. The innovative ideas could begin from anyone, which is why it is critical to guarantee everyone's voice.
So let us hear your voices. Let your inner shout-outs be heard by the world. Be an innovator and make a difference, even if it is a tiny one. Let us be the bridge that connects you and the world together. It would be a great honor to deliver even one person's voice on our paper.
Lee So-young firstname.lastname@example.org
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