It was an ordinary day of school as I entered the threshold of my Music Theory and proceeded to gather my belongings together. It began as a seemingly typical class and the beginning of which consisted of me and my friend Ibrahim, conversing with one another. Typically, our Music theory class would begin our daily training in musical intervals in conjunction with musical notation yet today would prove itself as an outlier from previous days. We started with a discussion that in spite of having no belonging in a Music theory honors class, would manifest itself into a discussion that should be had by all.
This was the discussion of the tragedy of Syria, more specifically the heartbreak of Aleppo, a major city in the Middle East that has been a victim of bombing, and many deaths. Our class discussion began with the empathy of my teacher Mr Jordan regarding the occurrence and a contrasting opinion from a fellow student whom had a dissenting view on the matter. She had stated that their is no logical reason to care for the situation because it was located so far from where we live. She said we shouldn't care since we were only teenagers.
It was a good conversation starter, her comment brought up a good question; Why should we care? Arguably, she did have a point, if we are operating on the understanding that a mere teenagers doesn't hold the power to change the world nor impact the lives of others miles and miles away.I respected her conviction yet due to my own beliefs I had no choice but to disagree and advocate my opinion.
Simply caring and showing concern towards the pain of others should be an essential and immensely beneficial feeling that we possess as human beings because it allows our minds to expand to broader horizons. Furthermore, if we don’t allow the world to shape our identity and impact us in a sincere way, we instead resort ourselves to live in a cloud of ignorance, which I believe to be a waste in a world filled with opportunities for intellectual, and personal growth. After class, I had the sudden urge to ask my friends. This topic intrigued me and left me extremely interested on other’s stance. One of my friend Miles stated the following, “Our opinion on the matter shouldn’t matter, and that our government should be concerned with the situation across the globe. I believe that we should advocate for the government to take matters in their own hands instead of people individually pushing an outside agenda to the media which can possibly orchestrate and fabricate fallacies to the public.” I found this to be truly eye opening and I proceeded to question another friend at the same time in an attempt to obtain dissenting views.
Ibrahim stated that, “The turmoil that is occurring in the Syrian land is an absolute disaster and quite honestly from my perspective, an utter tragedy. To speak of this situation leaves me with a barren sense of despair and total misery, I believe that we should care because every chance of support is needed over there”. After interviewing these two gentlemen regarding their views to the situation and the answer the question I had asked them, I’ve come to the following conclusion that everyone has a voice to be heard and regardless if their voice is dissenting from one another, we as a whole should respect what they have to say. It takes courage to for an individual to express themselves and I believe it to be an aspect to be the most respected among others.
Nonetheless, whatever your opinion may be I want to ask this question to my following Palumbo Griffins, in consideration with the turmoil surrounding the Middle east and more narrowly the city of Aleppo; Should we care? Regardless if you disagree, your voice matters! Hope ya’ll have a wonderful day and Griffin pride, Nothing less than success.