Is Idealism Useless?

This post is about Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot yesterday, 9 October,  as she left school. Malala was walking, accompanied by two other girls who got wounded, after school towards the bus that would take her home in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

Terrible, children who are the victim of militants. But it get’s worse. This was no random shooting, but an attack on a 14-year-old girl because she was ‘symbolic of obscenity and has spread negative propaganda’. You see, Malala Yousafzai is not ‘just’ a girl, but a children’s right activist, promoting equal rights for boys and girls to go to school.

Malala Yousafzai

She came to public attention in 2009 by writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under Taliban militants who had taken control of the valley. She began her blog at the age of 11.

The group captured the Swat Valley in late 2007 and remained in de facto control until they were driven out by Pakistani military forces during an offensive in 2009.While in power they closed girls’ schools, promulgated Islamic law and introduced measures such as banning the playing of music in cars.

Taliban militants said they attacked her because she promoted secularism.

This little girl was shot because she wanted to go to school.

Raising the question…

For the last 3 years, since the age of 11, she has been aware of the difference between religion and the interpretation of it. Although she is a faithful Muslim, she did not recognize the ideology of the Taliban as this had nothing to do with Islam. She didn’t fought with guns or liquidations, she tried to convince people with strong arguments and passion. As a response to that she was shot.

What can you do with your idealism if your ‘opponent’ would go this far to win?
How can you shoot a girl for what she believes in??

I created this blog to invite people to go in dialogue with eachother. Tell someone your opinion, listening to the other, you might not agree but you can always shake hands and ‘agree to disagree’. But what if this way of thinking is useless? The amount of girls in the class of Malala went down from 27 to 11 in the last weeks.

How many of them do you think there are tomorrow?


One response to “Is Idealism Useless?

  1. ‘Gezond’ idealisme is altijd zinvol, alleen moet je de moed hebben het uit te dragen – ik hoop dat er altijd mensen zullen zijn die dat hebben

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