My fellow Canadians and citizens of the world, modern times have ruined us. For millions of years, humankind had all they needed. But now, in the 2000’s, this is no longer the case for everyone. Most people used to have water, food, jobs, and houses. Now many of us don’t even have five cents in our pockets. So many people in this world don’t have clean water, food, jobs or houses. They live on the streets, with the last possessions they own. We have to change that! Everybody is entitled to water, food, jobs, and houses, and they should have all these things. This is a major issue in human rights. But it is not only material human rights that are an issue at the moment, non-material human rights are in jeopardy in many parts of the world too. These include the right to freedom. Many non-democratic and corrupt countries don’t allow their people the freedom to do what they want, such as learning or expressing themselves. Many of them don’t allow their people to have opportunities in life or don’t give them the chance to be successful because their government is selfish and doesn’t want to support them. Many of them don’t even allow people to say and think what they want! This is robbing humans of their humanity. The leaders of those countries are using people like their little working ants, and squish them whenever they want to. Everybody has the right to do what they want, as long as they don’t kill or rob others. Everybody has the right to have a chance in life, and to become what they want to become. Everybody has the right to say and think what they want! Everybody in this world is equal! It doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, what you believe in, or where you are from. We are all people! We all have equal human rights!

Unfortunately, this world is ruled by hate and selfishness. Many powerful, rich people are greedy and don’t share their power and money with the poor and the people that need it. We have to show acceptance and understanding of others. We have to stop those wars and racism! The world needs peace, equality, and especially happiness. But this hate takes the happiness away, together with the basic material and non-material human rights. People have to stand up for their rights! When we start to be accepting and understanding, and start advocating for ourselves, love will bring peace and equality back to this world. But the governments have to help too. The government is supposed to be by the people and for the people, like Abraham Lincoln said. In many places though, the government is by tyrants for the oppressed. For the governments of the world to be fair and achieve what they want to achieve, they have to do it the right way! So I say give the people their food and water! Give the people their jobs and places to live! Give the people freedom of speech and thought! Give the people the freedom to be human!

This doesn’t mean that some people should get fewer or more of those resources, it means they should be distributed equally! It doesn’t mean people can do absolutely whatever they want, it means they can do whatever their hearts desire within the scope of a fair and strong legislature, that is for the people and by the people. We have to use these rights wisely. We have to use them the right way. Like Simon Wiesenthal said: “Freedom of Speech is not freedom to propagate hatred”. He is right. It is supposed to propagate love, and requires people to express themselves considerately. It is a fact that some people are bad and have bad intentions, but nothing and nobody is perfect. There is no good or evil, there is just better or worse. Nobody is a devil or saint, he or she is just human. We have to make the best out of it, and try to make the world better. We should also avoid wasting food and water, because so many people don’t have those things, and this waste destroys the environment, which is the root of life. It is important to keep the environment clean, otherwise, we wouldn’t exist at all. Life is a tree, where humans are the leaves, the governments are the branches, human rights and common sense are the stem, and the environment the roots, which are planted in the soil of time and evolution. We have to preserve this tree, and to love it as if it were our closest loved one. The branches have to be solid and stable, to let the leaves grow. Otherwise the leaves would be dry and dead. All the leaves may be different in their own way, but they are all leaves, from the same tree. All the power of the tree comes through the stem, which shouldn’t be ripped off, but cared for. It has to carry all this weight on its body and controls whether the branches and leaves can grow and blossom or not. We have to accept that winters will come, but this is normal. No winter lasts forever though. So let’s make it spring again! As the civil rights movement said, we shall overcome. Don’t be selfish, greedy, and glued to your social media all the time! Go outside and be active! John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were both right, that’s why I say “Don’t ask what you can do for yourself, ask what you can do for others.” Take action, make a change! Spread awareness and raise money to donate to charity. Get involved and volunteer for organizations and services, starting in your local community. It might be a small step, but it is a start that will lead to a worldwide change. We have to start somewhere. Over time this change will occur all over the globe. Starting small and then expanding makes us more experienced and smarter. Experience is intelligence, and intelligence is experience. Experience makes us smarter, and can show us how to do things right the next time, and intelligence will bring us far, very far in life. It will bring us experience and skill. So let’s use our intelligence and experience to make a change! Make the world a better place!

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