How far would you go for something you believe in?
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Sir Winston Churchill
By now most of you should have heard about Malala Yousufzai. She is the 14-year-old girl from Pakistan that was shot in the head by the Taliban. All because she believes she and, every other young girl in Pakistan, have the right to attend school and get an education.
Here is a girl, 14 years old, that just wants an education and isn’t afraid to tell the world she has that right. She has stood up for her rights for a couple of years now. She shouted it from the mountaintops and went on camera to tell the world. When she wouldn’t back down from her beliefs she was shot.
Now the Taliban say they will go after her again and her family because they, “didn’t get her the first time”. How far are you willing to go to stand up for your cause?
Whether it be a political or social issue, would you stand unyielding and unwavering at the first signs of trouble? Or would you give up in defeat? We’ve had leaders like John F. Kennedy and Martin Luthar King Jr. who were shot and killed for their causes because they wanted a better world and, equality for everyone.
If you believe in something strongly enough you need to have the courage to stand up to your harshest critics. You need to stand with conviction. You have to believe in whatever it is your standing up for, otherwise how are you going to get anyone else to stand with you? Peoples fears and prejudices are going to get in the way. You need to mow those fears and prejudices down like an overgrown field.
If it is something that you are that passionate about. Let your voice be heard. If it’s something for the betterment of humanity, shout it from every pulpit, every mountaintop and every soapbox in the world.
Never underestimate the power of a handful of determined individuals. They have the power to make a difference.
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising, which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To Map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Are you willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for your cause or belief?
- Angelina Jolie: We All Are Malala (thedailybeast.com)
- Taliban attack on Malala shameful, cowardly: Altaf Hussain (dawn.com)