Being different, thinking different, making a difference, that is what the people in this readings were doing. It may not be as simple and easy as it sounds but it is defenitely worth the work. Sometimes one voice speaks louder than millions of people.
Being a writer, journalist, politician, and businessperson, Ken Saro-Wiwa had a lot of different reasons to protesr against the Nigerian government, he devoted most of his time to human rights and environmental causes. One of his biggest demands was to increase the autonomy of the Ogoni people. He stood up for his demands until the last minute, going through several “arrests” (“A Month and a Day”; 318) and never giving up is what made the big difference. Even though he didi’n get to finish what he started he achieved really important things and motivated others to continue what he started.
Just like Saro-Wiwa, Aung San Suu Kyi spoke out and made a difference, she returned to her native Burma and put herself through everything in order to gain the autonomy for the citizens of her beloved country. She “founded” (“Icon of Hope”; 445) the National League for Democracy and was elected president in 1990 but the military regime refused to transfer power and placed her under house arrest. All this didn´t stop her, she never gave up on her cause. She was persistent and didn’t let anyone tear her apart. All the effort that she put through out the years resulted on her “release” (“Icon of Hope”; 445) and a little advance on her purpose on freeing her country. After her release she continued to work on her goal and she recently recieved her Nobel Peace Prize for all her effort.
Being a 14-year-old didn’t stop David Grassby from trying to make a difference. Everything started for him as a simple “science project” (“Young People”; 357) that became very significant. He got the idea for this project while he was visiting a friend whose father was complaining about “not” (“Young People”; 357) being able to get
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