Opinion: Responsibility in Today’s Ever Changing World

Xenia Martinez, Guest Writer
        Archbishop Gomez published an article speaking of the most recent executive orders of our new president: About the wall, about the “Muslim ban”. I think we all have our own opinions about this.
        Although it is frightening, it’s the reality, it is the world we now have to grow up in. The Bishop said yesterday that some of the executive orders were issued without any thought of consequences, much like actions we make everyday.
       Nothing’s fair in this world.  There are consequences for every action we make. Even if those actions are for the better or for the worse. But there are benefits to the mistakes we commit. For example, when I was in kindergarten, I did not want to share a toy with another classmate. Of course, I got in trouble and got the “Sharing is Caring” speech from the teacher. I’m sure we have all been there. And that is where most of us begin to lead our lives with the idea of being fair to others.
        Unfortunately, in this world there is hardly any equality. We are betrayed by loved ones, people
in our country are being threatened by their own president, nothing seems to be equal between us and the world anymore. But as human beings with morals and rights, we must have the strength and responsibility to lead our friends, family, even ourselves throughout the long path of life. Because unfortunately, the poor men, women, and children in the countries of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, many more included, are not able to go down the same path as us. They have a border, they have a limit in their lives. God never intended for our love to have a border. The one thing that this world cannot take away from us all is the amount of love and compassion we share with each other.
       So I ask of all of you today, to remember to break the barriers between us and those in need, whether they are close or far from you. In our lives, we begin with the teaching of fairness, with the teachings of responsibility, but we are born with love. We are born with the compassion of those who raised us. We are fortunate that we all have a home, whether it is at your own living space or it is here at this school, let us take the lead to share our love to those refugees who need one. Today we recall the pillars of responsibility and fairness,but we learn the true meaning of these pillars in the actual world.

Martin Del Orbe, Guest Writer

       Fate is fluid, destiny is in the hands of man. To me, responsibility has been more than getting your work done, it has been more of our purpose as not only students but also as citizens, and ultimately, humans.
        As students, to love our creation as citizens, to love our dreams and as humans, to love.
Responsibility is acceptance of a current state of being whether it comes to personal life, or the well-being as people. It is knowing that despite all odds, you are a solution.
        Responsibility is the love for one another no matter the afflictions of yesterday. [It is] to love a purpose greater than ourselves that we may say “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace,” as Thomas Paine said in 1780.
       [Responsibility is] to not only realize that when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it but to also realize that you achieve with the whole of your heart. Responsibility is to love, accept and strive for a goal far greater than yourself.  [It is] to love one another despite their beliefs, decisions, color, size, life, or values that may be different than yours and build upon the values of you and your peers with the fullness of your heart. That’s responsibility.
        I quote Lin Manuel Miranda in closing my message “We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger We rise and fall and light from dying embers.  Remembrances that hope and love lasts long.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.”

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