Martin Luther King, Jr., once delivered a speech on the 28th August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
In writing or speech, the deliberate repetition of the first part of the sentence in order to achieve an artistic effect is known as Anaphora. It is common for us to use anaphora in our everyday speech, to lay emphasis on the idea we want to convey.
Here, Mayu repeatedly states that there was no one who cared about her. This repetition reinforces the idea of absolute loneliness and alienation from society. As a result, we sympathise her for having no support from anyone.
But in life, no one should think of themselves as Mayu. It might not be apparent, but there are indeed people who WILL comfort us when we are feeling down, who WILL laugh out loud when we tell a joke, who WILL answer when we ask a question, who WILL cry when we die. Therefore, they are the ones who WILL be there for us when we need support.
It is these responses by others, this acknowledgment of our presence, that fuels our drive to continue living. I myself, live to receive “Thank you!” from others, because then, I know that there are people who appreciate my existence. Hence, I tend to go out of my way, just to help others and receive that simple 2-word phrase.
All of us have people who love us. If you think that no one in this world loves you, then ask yourself why. Are you loving anyone enough for them to love you back? It’s the same thing for Birthday Wishes. If someone doesn’t wish you ‘Happy Birthday’, are you going to ‘take revenge‘ and not wish him/her ‘Happy Birthday’ too? This cycle will continue on and on, and the only result is the degradation of relationships and bonds.
Thus, I believe that all of us should strive to make a good difference in people’s lives. Why is it that Mother Teresa and Steve Jobs are some names we often hear? This is because the both of them have significantly impacted the world with their contributions and actions.
I’m not implying that you have do something big. Why not just start with the people around you? Your friends and your family.
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream too and he put in his best effort to influence everyone, in order to achieve it. If your dream is to be loved by others, to be acknowledged by others, then all I can say is this.
A dream is to be worked for, not waited for.
Thankew for reading! 🙂