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Why did I Become a Detester?
Written by: Suzanna Chen

Because…

I think it is brave to take action.

I think it is youthful to have a strong belief.

I think it is courageous to explore topics typically tip-toed around.

I think it is benevolent to show passion for causes of societal significance.

I think it is strength-defining to call out urgently despite expecting a most-likely-avoidant audience.

I think it is artistic to let our voices shine through colourful artwork, expressive writing, or vehement cries for change.

I think it is empowering to become an agent of change in a society that overlooks our identities, rights, and communities––it’s a process of crafting an authentic story of our own.

I think I remember what it was like, and I never want it to be as hard for them as it was for me.

I think it is imperative to embrace and call for acceptance of our identities, as its discovery is one of our fundamental missions as teenagers.

I think it is ironic that we learn more while using our education to reduce the uneducated—a process in which we are prone to be called “uneducated.”

I think it is powerful for us to stand solidly while “Kids these days!” and “You don’t understand anything!” clash against the stereotypical image we strive to abandon.

I think it is valiant to demand our future back from those selectively-blind nature’s suffering with eyes of fiery passion; our powerful proclamation making your feeble tweet of “Chill Greta, Chill!” comparatively idiotic.

I think it is paradoxical that we—who “get on our phones all day”—are urged to abandon the condemned screens through which we embrace others in physical or psychological pain.

I think it is valuable to have such a devoted understanding of our strengths, personal and societal goals, legal boundaries and responsibilities, and statuses as global citizens.

I think it is momentous for us to actively shape a world we want to live in; a world that is free from any forms of discrimination; a world that belongs to us, and us solely.

I think it is deserving of encouragement and appreciation that we are imprinting such prominent and unique paths for ourselves and others in society.

I think it is necessary to acknowledge that no age-defining numbers should restrict a person from pursuing social justice.

I think it is worth praising that both minorities and allies join forces in this collective effort.

I think I am honoured to be a teenage advocate.

I think I am proud to detest.