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A Youth That Sees Past The Veil

May 22, 2014

YouthMarchWe all have our thoughts and opinions about the topics that we are most passionate about. Well, I love the youth! So here are the thoughts I have formulated based upon my observation of the recent student/staff protests that forced certain “celebrities” to cancel their commencement speeches – former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and International Monetary Fund chief, Christine Lagarde, being two of the notable names ousted. A few of the higher learning institutions involved were Rutgers, Harverford, Smith College, and Rice University.

I have great hopes that this recent happening is a sign of the emerging Millennial Generation taking a strong stance against the current regime infiltrating our federal government here in the United States, and helping this country to turn a crucial corner necessary to shift this current paradigm we have been tail spinning in for what seems to be forever. I hope their actions are an indication that they aren’t fooled anymore like previous generations have were, by the fancy titles, socioeconomic statuses, or lush office spaces you occupy, but are more concerned with what you stand for as one they would call their leader; your actions, as it pertains to the overall and long-term betterment and advancement of humanity. I hope this indicates to you, and to the world, that our youth today are more in tune with the carelessness of your decisions, the ill affects they have had on our already struggling society, and how many innocent lives your decisions have claimed. Place your hands behind your back if you will, as a guilty child does after realizing she’s done wrong, but the see the blood dripping from your fingertips. You have forced this generation to watched their young friends and family join your military forces, travel across the seas and oceans to fight and die, with many returning with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), and other disabilities that alter their lives forever. All because of senseless wars that YOU created – wars that had no real reason to ever occur. All this you do under the guise of National Security, but they see the falsity of it all. They now have access – through centuries of declassified government archives and the Eric Snowdens of our world – to the truth and hidden secrets of your past and ongoing evils. They see you (much clearer than my generation did) for who you really are – that you are actually the DISRUPTERS of peace and NOT the perpetuators of it that you claim to be. The jig is up! They are onto you, and they are tired of all the lip service you’ve given for decades, and are now demanding that you stand behind all the talk – either put up of shut up! There was a time during generations past when a person’s celebrity was enough to “woo” the public, especially students, into granting them the esteemed honor of giving a commencement speech at a prestigious university, and receiving an honorary degree from the institute as a result. This honor was based purely on their celebrity and their perceived service to humanity. It was an honor often given regardless of what they truly stood for, or the crimes against humanity they had committed, primarily because it wasn’t known by the masses what they actually did stand for. All we knew was what they told us. It appears that to this generation is not impressed with your rise to a high level in government or corporate America – that isn’t enough anymore. This no longer qualifies you to speak and influence a youth that is poised to take us forward. Particularly when it is your views that have brought such great harm and oppression to so many others around this great planet. Why would we want our youth influenced by such a mindset to carry on after you’re gone, perpetuating the terror you’ve forced our entire world to live in? Why would we want that, I ask? When selecting one to receive such a prestigious honor, we must consider at what cost to your fellow-man were you able to reach such career heights? Who have you toppled in order to get where you are? What have you done for the poor, homeless, jobless, and down-trodden? What have you done that is of service to someone other than yourself? Who else have you assisted in pulling up? What deeds have you done to advance peace in our world without first serving your own selfish agenda? What is YOUR criminal record?? youthactive I applaud these protesters who forced Condoleezza Rice and others to cancel their commencement speeches. I don’t want someone who doesn’t value human life speaking to my children. I don’t someone speaking to my children (or their friends), who supports policies – here and abroad – that seek to oppress the rights and liberties of others less fortunate. I don’t want someone who is heartless and void of compassion for others, giving guidance to my children. What about you? I hope that you as a parent want the same. If so, wake up and take a stance by your children. Don’t allow them to be lulled into someone’s celebrity, without making them set forth the good fruits of their labors. Make sure they know the truth about the world around them, and implore that they be a part of the much needed change. Refuse to allow them to exist in the darkness as you have. This requires a new way of thinking on your part, parents. Are you ready for the challenge? So here is a message to our so-called leaders: Stay up there in your glass towers until we come and knock you down. You can still change your wicked ways, and help turn this ship onto a better trajectory. This generation will then follow your lead, if you are showing proof of earnest in your efforts. If you are not, they will sniff it out.  Keep doing what you’re doing young people! I am proud of you!! I support you fully, and I have your backs. You are the change we have been so eagerly awaiting – the price for freedom can be high, but when the all smoke clears, you can stand tall with your chins held high, knowing that you truly made a difference for all of us. Be encouraged and live out your destiny! Now let’s go, we have work to do! 


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Bradford Speaks is a Life Architect, Coach & Youth Speaker, who desires to wake up the world to see one that it could exist in if only it could employ more love and less hate and war. He seeks to speak to and inspire our youth to live at a higher level of consciousness, to see themselves as their brother’s keeper. He is also an author and self proclaimed philosopher. You may visit his company’s site, Bradford Speaks Life Management, LLC to learn more about his work, and to schedule individual sessions or book him to speak to your youth organization. 

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