Marwa Houssam Bourafeh
Almanar Modern School, Lebanon
Standing up for our rights is a must. Standing up against violence and inequality is an obligation. Asking for peace is our right. However, how can we find peace, if we don’t work for peace? The blinding truth is, this dark world has become so violent, but the only main problem we're facing is not having the guts to do what’s right when everyone else runs away. Why do you keep your mouth shut for something you know is wrong? Why don’t you listen to the strength inside you?
It’s not often someone will stand for what is right, what is true, what is pure. Why can’t we take a moment to understand that by keeping our mouth shut, we’re not only giving those who do evil the “green light” of being too comfortable, but also, we’re destroying the world with our own hands. Now some of the people will say, “We don’t have a choice. We can do nothing!” Here’s what I tell you, you want a change? Make a change! Stand up and fight for it – as if the cause depends on you, because it does. You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say “NO”! You say, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”! Imagine what seven billion humans could accomplish if we all loved and respected each other. At the end of the day, we don’t need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion. So, unite your strength, and fight this war without weapons; maybe then we’d let our message reach the world. I believe that this phrase could support some of the violence victims to take a stand and talk about their heartbreaking experiences hoping they could make a change! I believe that this phrase must be the upcoming phrase of the year because its content is what we need in the present.