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Date11.12.2014 CountryPhilippines Aflateen votes6
Caselyn Briguera

The World I Want

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The World I Want

“What is the world you want?” I remember the screen from our community center’s computer monitor has posted quite a number of questions from the UN World We Want website. But this particular question has given me the chance to reflect on what I really want our world to have in the future.
As a child, when asked what I want, I will answer without thinking twice, say what kind of food I want to eat, I would answer straight away, “Apples”. Aside from the fact that apple is my favorite, it is also like a magical fruit for me and eating it would be like a heaven-on-earth kind of feeling. You see, due to the family’s meager income, mom and dad can’t afford to buy us apple on a monthly basis, much less daily. So having apples on our table is such a big treat for me and my siblings because we can only have it on Christmas time. And it’s not Christmas everyday, right?
Now that I have grown up, I have realized that although one is asked a seemingly more important question than what food you want to munch on, you cannot just answer it in an instant. You have to think about it as questions to grown ups posted by grown ups won’t be asked anyway if your answers don’t matter.

For me, the world I want is a kind of world that’s full of hope. I want the world to give every child a chance to a free education coming from an efficient and responsive government. A world that does not condemn less-educated people but rather gives them better job opportunities. A world that provides a healthy venue for the youth to express what they feel and children being taken care of, not harmed or neglected. Lastly, I want a God-fearing world that embodies all kinds of kindness I know of.

I maybe asking too much from the society but I believe that my fellow youth will give more answers than I can think of should they be posted the same question. Although young, I strongly believe that youth of today can already start making a difference to the society, and to the world as a whole. Being a good and responsible student in school and an obedient and caring child of their parents are enough ways for the time being. I know that we can only do so much, until we graduated and get hold of a job.

On behalf of all the youth who answered the UN survey, I would like to thank the United Nations for giving us this opportunity to let our voices and sentiments be heared, and our vision about our dream world be realized. Answering the survey alone gives me that sense of fulfillment, knowing that there is an organization that values the opinion of the younger generation. I hope to wake up one day living my life in the kind of world I want, where apples on our table are not present only during Christmas time.