Susukino Middle School

Today, I am here as a speaker of liberty for all of mankind. As human beings, we have never seen a world without war. When we are at war, we despise the other parties and fight for our own homelands and beliefs.

There are many kinds of people that share the Earth. Asian, Caucasian, African, Jewish, Catholic, Buddhistc And the best thing that we can do for each other is to understand the existence of cultures and beliefs that are different to our own. Because in the end we are all the same, we are all human.

A few years ago, I watched a documentary about a war. The dictator hated, despised and denied the other nations rights because they couldnft accept their differences. And so they fought for insignificant reasons. Religion, language, culture, territory and so on. Hundreds of citizens were turned into gsoldiersh, who fought under the control of the dictator. These gsoldiersh were used like pawns to conquer the dictatorfs own selfish desires.

There was greed and hatred that resided in the peoplefs hearts and it encourage them to continue towards a world of blood and misery. And after they stepped in to that world, the animosity and darkness filled their hearts to a point where they lost not only themselves, but far worse, their humanity.

While Ifm watching, I also learnt how dictators limit the education of their own people. In Japan, every child has the right to go to school and learn many things. We are encouraged to think and say whatever it is that is on our minds. But in tyrannical states, the government focuses on teaching children despicable lies about their supposed enemy. Education, such as math and science, come second. And if they criticize the system, they are punished. I think this is not fair. Everyone deserves a right to learn and a right to express their own opinion. No one should ever be limited.

After I watched the documentary, I thought g I want to do something. I want to get involvedh. A few days later, I joined Kanagawa UNICEF volunteer group. From time to time, we participate in conferences where we talk about peace and what is happening in the rest of the world. In these activities, I learned that everyone has a right for liberty. And everybody deserves freedom.

As human beings, we should not fight. We should not hate. We are better than that. We all have the power to create happiness and make the dark long nights of hatred dawn. That power will bring us a guiding light on a path to freedom and thus, a beautiful world. Moreover we each have the gift of kindness and compassion. It is time we used it. It is time to care for each other and help each other out as best we can.

Let us show the dictators the power that we all have inside of us. Let us show that our combined power is stronger than theirs. Put our weapons aside and raise our voice loud so the whole world can hear us. Fight for our liberty. Fight to rid the barriers set by dictators and do away with greed and hatred. Fight for a world that gives us and generations to come, a better future. Let us make a world full of happiness, love beauty and light. Thank you for listening.

(1-34 Speech in 66th Contest, 2014)

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