The Stars in All of Us
As I stand outside in a clear night at Yellowstone National Park, the immense beauty and extraordinary vastness of the skies enthrall me. Never before have I seen so many stars and constellations in one image. The idea that Earth is simply one sphere of dust and water amongst the infinite galaxies, solar systems, stars, and planets continues to fascinate me. Similarly, I am only one individual amongst the nearly 7.3 billion on this one ball floating in space. What could I possibly do to combat the ongoing issues faced by society?
Racism, hatred, bullying, and anti-semitism still exist today, and have existed for thousands of years. Despite all recent progress and advancements, we have been unable to cure these four psychological diseases. Upstanders like Benjamin B. Ferencz understand the world is cracked and needs to be patched up. Ferencz decided to take the initiative of personally preventing future genocides. As a member of modern day society, I must embrace Ferencz's vision and look out for the generations after me by acting today.
I have undoubtedly been shaped by my experiences and background. These two aspects make up my identity- who I am and what I believe in. I was born outside of the United States, encouraging me to be more sympathetic towards individuals who are new and trying to fit in. As a follower of one of the three main monotheistic religions, I have had the opportunity to understand the world through the idea of actions and consequences. I have also used religion to educate myself about the beliefs and creeds of others. Growing up, I was at times ridiculed due to my stuttering speech impediment. These experiences have increased my desire to avoid ridiculing others facing similar issues.
Most importantly, my identity is my moral compass; it tells me what to believe in and how to behave under various circumstances. My identity instructs me to be an upstander in modern society, as opposed to a perpetrator or a bystander. Letting horrific events unfold before one's eyes is equal to, if not worse than the actual process of physically or emotionally harming someone. Through engaging in peaceful protests against racism and discrimination, I have witnessed first-hand how one person can indeed make a difference.
Every star in the cosmos is unique and independent in providing a center of rotation for the planets within. The true beauty of the skies, however, is present when these individual stars form constellations with their counterparts from other solar systems. Individuals on Earth are stars, with actions directly affecting those closest to them. Essentially, one individual can make an impact by persuading the individuals around them to follow them. This is not done through words, but rather through actions. As a greater number of individuals align, Earth consists of nearly 7.2 billion individuals constructed in one stunning spectacle: the fight for a better tomorrow. This is how I will become a true "Watcher of the Skies."