ST. LOUIS, April 17, 2015 — The news today is constantly reporting about the problems with our youth. There are constant stories about young people committing crimes, their disrespect for authority, and many more negative examples presenting a picture of a doomed future for our country.
However, these negative images are not entirely true.
There are a great many young people doing wonderful things who we rarely hear about. These young people show that our country’s true future is like the sun rising up over the hills in the morning.
One 14-year-old captured this hope and promise in an essay explaining his vision of the future of our country based on his knowledge of history:
Freedom, compassion, leadership…
These are only a few of the admirable qualities that express my spirit of patriotism. And while I embrace the same American spirit as many fellow citizens there are many more attributes that come to mind. The honor felt by the true patriotic American along with varying degrees of integrity, Bravery, Resilience, and cooperation. Any person that lives in our great nation is proud to be here and would willingly fight for the rights generously provided by our government.
I pride myself on the integrity our nation’s people and I stand up to and how loyally everyone is to this belief. We are the most devoted inhabitants of any country and motivated to complete any task not completed by a lesser country.
Bravery, what every nationalistic citizen feels when they sense as though their brilliant homeland is threatened or insulted because they will strongly stand up to the face of danger to prove it wrong. Courageously we can work together and solve problems any country without this much enthusiasm couldn’t imagine.
Not only are we brave but we are the epitome of resilience. Together we have fought through a civil war that better built our country. Stood strong through depressions still coming out strong. Two world wars in which we struggled toward victory. Alongside each other we can face any problems thrown at us because we are that durable.
Which leads to another trait of our boundless nation. We are cooperative, we work together intensely striving for our goal no matter what the setting. As long as it promotes what we stand for. We are fully engaged protecting, exploring and appreciating the freedoms that our way of life delivers.
In my eyes America is my true definition of patriotism. Seeing heroes and leaders with passion and power makes me proud to be a patriotic American.
How refreshing to hear! This young man is very knowledgeable about American history and has also expressed intense enthusiasm regarding the constitution. He is not alone as he represents many young people in our country.
Our senior population feels much better about the future of our wonderful country that is currently in chaos. But standing in the wings are these young people who will be the future leaders of our great nation.
However, that’s a time and place I am from.
Hope, I find, is something we rely on too much. We use our hope for better as a scapegoat for our current mistakes or situations. All our lives, people ask us how we hope to see ourselves or our world in five, ten, fifteen years from now. Honestly, though, can we really answer that question? We have no idea what the world will be like in any given amount of time; we don't even know if we'll be alive at that given time. Even if I don't wind up being alive in the next five, ten, fifteen years, there are many things that I hope for the entire world of the future.
. One thing I would like for future Earth is peace. Though many have pointed out that complete world peace is impossible, that there will always be a war, I have a different definition of peace. I like to picture the world as a group or a team, where everyone works together to reach the same goal. Each person on the team might have their differences that they may ignore, and sometimes teammates fight with each other. Minus their differences, they all join together to work towards their goal. This is my vision of a peaceful world. We know that there are some countries that want to blow up other ones; they don't get along. I think that every person from every country being best friends is unrealistic, but I do think that we can all band together to work towards our main goal: staying alive. Because in the end, isn't that what we're all trying to do? War is inevitable in some cases but sometimes a simple conversation can change everything. I can't deny that this won't be easy, but this is something I would hope someone, whether in 50 or 500 years, gets to be a part of: a friendly world.
Another thing that I hope for the future is that the people are more conscious and responsible. I find that people in our society take advantage of things that are actually extraordinary. As I'm writing this, I'm walking up the stairs of a fifteen level cruise boat. I hear people complaining all around me: the food is cold, the rooms are small, the list goes on. Can they not comprehend the greatness of this? We are on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, traveling to an island for pleasure! Hundreds of years ago, we traveled by boat to find new land or to make a living. We as people have come so far, and some people today are just completely oblivious to greatness. I would hope that people of our future would recognize how far we've come and that sometimes the amazing things in life should just be enjoyed rather than criticized. The second part of this is that I hope the people of the future will be more responsible about how they act. I've already pointed out that we have amazing things, including a planet. Ours is the only known planet that can sustain life, so it drives me crazy to see someone throw garbage out the car window or watch factories emit tons of harmful gases in a day. My next hope is that the people of the future will realize that we've all been given a gift and we should stop destroying it before it's too late. I know there's controversy about whether global warming exists or not, and even if it doesn't, we can all agree our world has gotten worse in the past years. I hope that future Earth will try to help our planet instead of hurt it.
The last thing I hope for the people of the future is that they keep religion. Whether the whole world is Jewish or if it's the same amount it is now, I don't care. Every other hope I have for the future comes from something I've learned in our religious studies. I think that religion is extremely important for people of all ages; it gives us a set of morals, rules to live by, and a community to be a part of. Religion in general is decreasing in family life for an endless list of reasons. So my last hope for the world is that being religious will continue to thrive.
In the end, my hopes for the world are simple. I think that most of them can be accomplished if people stop and think about the points I've made, and also think we each need to look at the point of view of someone else. I hope at least one of these things can be achieved, so the future of the Earth can be a little bit better.