Let Malala speak to our souls.
It doesn’t make a story when a dog bites a man, but it becomes an explosive headline when a man bites a dog. The complexity of situations in North Africa, Middle East, Asian countries such as Pakistan and the rest of the world has led to the emergence of Malala Yousafzai, the 17 year old youngest Nobel Peace recipient in the world. Malala became a symbol for peace and equality when she was shot on her face by the Taliban while pushing for the freedom of women to receive education in her country.
Malala’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Laureate would not come at a better time than this, when the world has totally been torn apart and decimated on the paths of differences in opinion, ideology, beliefs and pursuits. It is still the same season in this century we all habit, that a lad stuck out her head despite the grave danger that surrounds her life to vehemently speak out of personal conviction that the world will be a better place to live if we could give peace a chance and allow the bell of freedom to ring in all places. Malala forgave those that tried to snuff off her life, she continued to toe the path she desired without allowing a gag in her gape.She spoke out of love and passion, but never scratched anybody’s skin; she threw no stone on any wall, did not curse out or took to arms. Malala used her voice and heart to speak to many souls and today she has become a light on the dark alleys of the world.
However, while Malala’s light shoots like a little star, the world reels in great darkness been ravaged by endless wars, internecine, cultural conflicts, poverty, corruption, hatred, inequality, mass environmental degradations and diseases. It is too bad to understand that man has always been the architect of its problem.
It might be difficult to absolutely win some of these wars since they involve the phenomenon of a culture and a counter-culture striving for relevance. Some of these oddities that have become an opprobrium to our generation could be eradicated or reduced when we come to terms that the world is one, that we are all human, appreciate again the old adage that what is good for the geese is also good for the gander and finally live by the Golden Rule which is the tenet of all religions: “Do unto others as you would want them to do to you.” Our world will be better, if human begins to love, forgive, appreciate and create opportunities for more dialogues.
Malala and her likes still give glimpse of hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Now, that the young lady has become symbolic of the new order and a hope of a better world, it will be a step in the right direction if we all could allow Malala to speak to our souls to ensure transformation and renewal. The legend Bob Marley sang that there is war in the east, war in the west, war in the north and down south. Every where there is war! Can we all say: No More War?