Voice of Democracy
Growing up in America provides children with the best possible environment. People in other parts of the world don’t have it nearly as well off as we have it here. Everyone is able to go to school; in fact it’s a law! Kids and teens in other countries would kill to be able to go to go to school at all. When we were kids in elementary school, we pretty much had zero worries about the world. The hardest question of the day was what color crayon to draw with. With a few exceptions, almost all of our decisions were made for us; what to eat, when to go to bed, when to wake up, where to go, and in my case, what to wear. None of us ever had a worry about the much larger world beyond our own little world where everything was fantastic. However, my generation is growing up and we are passing off this question of what crayon to use to the younger generation of our brothers and sister. I remember getting off the one afternoon from school in first grade and walking down the street to my babysitters house with some of my friends thinking that this was just going to be a day just like any other. I remember walking into the house a little after everybody else because my friend and me were throwing the football outside. When I walked into the house, everyone was group around the TV with their hands over their mouths and looks of sheer terror across all their faces. The date was September 11th, 2001. The day terrorists crashed two planes into the twin towers in New York City and another in the fields of Pennsylvania. I think that this was probably my first realization that things that were happening outside of my world were in fact real. As I saw all of the wreckage, and all of the people standing in the streets crying with hysteria because a loved one was unaccounted for, I caught my first glimpse of the real world outside of my own. While we are young, we don’t need to worry about the things that impact our future. Every decision that we...
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