By Daniel Litwin, TIWP Student
What is a manifesto? Throughout history people have taken a stand for what they believe―physically in the form of revolution or protest, or in writing, as in a manifesto ― for good or for ill. Notable historical manifestos include The Declaration of Independence (1776), the Declaration of the Rights of the Man and of the Citizen (1789), Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech (1963), The Communist Manifesto (1848), Mein Kampf (1925), and Industrial Society and Its Future (1995) also known as the Unabomber manifesto. In revolutions throughout time, manifestos have accompanied these movements as a historical writ of the population’s feelings and their demands for change. Manifestos are our thoughts and ideas for change whether it comes from a single person, a whole nation, or an entire generation.
This is my manifesto:
I believe that the change that we seek in the world must be done together. Without unity, we will shatter and fail in our efforts. We must work together on communal, national, and international conflicts, and in order to reduce the wealth gap, allow all people to have access to good healthcare, tend to centuries-old racial wounds, ease religious and ethnic tensions, and heal our planet. We can hold onto our individual freedoms and at the same time show compassion toward those who are different than us, whether they are neighbors, friends, or strangers from a different shore.
Our community extends abroad. We as a community can change much in our home country, but even more if we are united worldwide: being agents of peace in easing border and territorial disputes and facing down authoritarian and cruel governments. I think the best thing we can do is try to learn and understand people from different cultures and respect a country’s sovereignty and its people’s right to self-determination. International conflicts often have long and complex histories and we can’t just change things overnight or with force. Our strength lies not in the strength of arms, but in the power of unity through compassion, knowledge, and hope. Although the future of the world looks dark, desolate, and bleak, I always believe change is a possibility.