Hail to the Daughter of the World: A Tribute to Malala
by Jose Mario De Vega
Last week, it was widely reported that this brave young Pakistani girl was discharged from the hospital after recuperating from gunshot wounds for quite some time.
Bravo to this courageous child!
She valiantly fought two great wars and both won gloriously and convincingly!
First, she stood against the tyranny, the sexism, intolerance, madness and the fanatical views of the Taliban. The whole world knows how she passionately struggled and fought firmly for her inherent right to education, to improve herself, to develop her knowledge for purposes of ultimately cultivating herself.
She does this not only for herself, but also for all the Pakistani children like her, especially the young girls.
The evil forces of hate and violence, mortal enemy of equality, humanity and enlightenment responded in the only nefarious fashion that they knew: first they threatened our young Malala repeatedly and when they saw that she won’t relent fighting for her cause; they shot our little angelic warrior!
Those idiots thought that by killing Malala, the right to call for education, the demand for equality and the march of reason would stop. The Taliban by virtue of this dastardly act has clearly shown to the world not only the depravity of their characters, the barbarity of their actions, but also the idiocy of their minds. Those animals never thought that even if they succeeded in killing Malala — her ideas and principles shall continue to reverberate all across Pakistan and all over the world!
Those animals may kill a person, but they can never ever kill an idea!
In the immortal words of Kahlil Gibran:
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Our angel saw it through: she cheated death and shamed the Taliban to the maximum! Hurray!
It is in this great sense that Malala’s boldness, her defiant act of standing up against the Taliban earned her the love, respect and admiration of the world over.
As Malala herself said in envisioning a confrontation with the Taliban:
I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.
Not only did she triumph against those terrorists, but she has also shown completely the bankruptcy and abnormality of that notorious group’s ‘philosophy’.
She taught a lot of people, opened not only their eyes, but most importantly their hearts and minds with regard to the harrowing and horrible plight of children, such as her in Pakistan. Indeed, her gentle yet utterly strong fortitude have shaken the world.
The whole international community wept when it learnt of the barbaric act committed against her. The people of the world forged in unison and in solidarity to her and her love ones and prayed collectively for her prompt recovery.
Hail to this brave Daughter of the world! Bravo to this courageous little warrior of education, equality and enlightenment!
Her youthful humanity has proved to all of us once again that the unexamined life is not worth living and that the only good and noble life we can have is a life that is devoted to the advancement and promotion of the general welfare and well being for the benefit of the common good!
Again, to quote her own words: My purpose is to serve humanity.
Welcome back Malala, keep it up, we all love you and will always be with you in your noble quest and cause to serve mankind and humanity.
Jose Mario Dolor De Vega
College of Arts
Department of Philosophy
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
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