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  • Edición impresa de Agosto 15, 2017.

My heart cries when I think of all the dreams to fulfill and goals to be met by the younger generations.

How do young people feel about making plans, studying for the future and restraining from many pleasures because they have things to accomplish, but with the new climate of uncertainty caused by two men with childish mentality, we are all in danger and there is no foreseeable future.

One of the most important things in life is being able to think about ‘tomorrow’, but what if there is no tomorrow? What if our time is in the hands of others who can make their own plans without thinking about the rest of the world.

I wonder how people in Guam feel when the North Korean ruler chooses them to try out a nuclear missile and the US government disregards the warning. Do mothers and children feel vulnerable at a time like this? According to the World Bank, Guam had a population of 162,896 in 2016. How many mothers are thinking there is no future?

How do you prepare for an attack like this? What do you tell the children? Do you continue to live as usual and make the same daily decisions even though you know that it is not important? What becomes important at a time like this?

Religious people may answer that you trust in God and continue living, but unless they have faced circumstances like this themselves, where does their knowledge come from?

I am aware that other individuals continue with daily tasks while living uncertainly and they manage not only to function, but also to excel in what they do. That is the case for immigrants who are undocumented or have an unclear status like TPS or DACA that makes them vulnerable since they can become undocumented if the government takes away their status. I have seen mothers and children living with this ever-present burden of not knowing what comes next. Nevertheless, the situation of these is different since they can go somewhere else; their lives are not at stake. They still have choices and opportunities.

Everyone’s life is exposed to tragedy and many times we assume that we have enough time to waste in unimportant things, only to realize that we have used our time and energy in things that are not worthwhile. Most people who have faced death due to illness or tragedy face daily tasks in a different way, giving time for enjoyment, to think and dialogue, also appreciating nature and friendships.

On the other hand knowing that your options will not be available because two egotistic individuals and whose who support them engage in a playground confrontation leaves you thinking why is it that the people have lost the power of decision making and have given to immature, ignorant people the right to annihilate us all.

What voice do you have in all that is happening? Who will listen to you or to any mother or young person in Guam? Do we have any word of hope for people in Guam, or for DACA and TPS holders? What can the younger generations expect from those in power? What should they demand? What should we demand?

 

 


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