From Star to Shining Star
Both the most frightening and the most inspirational fact of history is that it can and will repeat itself. It is frightening because people like Hitler and events like the Holocaust may wreak havoc on the battered earth again. Yet I am inspired because there will always be people like Benjamin Ferencz who will rise against those who use fear and destruction by bringing justice, compassion, and hope to the world. When these figures pass into history, they become the brightest stars piercing the darkness of night to shine actionable inspiration on those watching the sky. Looking at a star is looking back in time, because what we are observing is light created eons ago. This is the tool that the inspirational people in history have bequeathed unto us, passing on the progress they have made to posterity so that we may use their hindsight, wisdom, and experience to solve the world's problems.
I live in a bubble, with a well-off family in a prosperous community, but I am not so naive to assume that the rest of the world is like this. Although some of the most horrible things I have seen, from insensitive cyberbullying to crude racism, is incomparable to war and terror, I know that as soon as I leave this bubble I will experience some of these cold realities, especially since I am an ethnic minority in a country that is still puzzlingly ignorant of the strengths of diversity. For now, I'm young and inexperienced, so it is difficult to relate to the heroes and inspirerational people in history. But Ferencz also lived in a bubble, with a relatively peaceful childhood and successful early career. His life was interrupted by the most destructive war in history and he was thrust into the horrors of war and the Holocaust, testing his humanity. I have a similar background, and I am confident that I can rise to the occasion as he did. Living in the bubble has blessed me with knowledge and strength, something I can use to safeguard the future as many have done before me.
The sky and the stars are for everyone on earth to share and benefit from, and when I look up to the stars, I realize that the stars also watch down on me. These are the same stars that both the inspirerational people in history have viewed, the same stars that people living in misery and under persecution halfway around the world also see. And the stars see everything that happens on earth, their vast memories are what we who watch back make of it. Ferencz tells me, "You can have the world, it's kind of cracked, but that's the condition it's in, we'll have to patch up a bit to make it a little better than it is now." When I become a star, I hope to look down and see an earth that is much less broken and filled with star-gazers looking to make it unblemished.