If you’ve never heard or read the words of the youngest ever noble peace prizewinner, Malala Yousafzai, I suggest you give her some of your time.
This is the girl who stood up for the education of girls in the Swat District of Pakistan, an area where the Taliban have great power. This is the girl who was shot in the head for her activism, and yet still fights for peace through education. Remember that story now? I met her briefly back when I lived in Birmingham, and she’s inspired me ever since.
In an interview with John Stewart, he asked how she felt when she was just 14 (yep, fourteen) and was receiving death threats from the Taliban. Malala’s response:
“I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’
YES Malala! I thought. Don’t let them beat you; hit that man with your shoe! Or kick him in the balls, that’s what I would do! But then she continued:
“But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’
Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.”
Man, that girl is good. And just owned me. She’s completely right – I may complain in other posts about injustices, discrimination and tough times I’ve been through, but it is nothing compared to her. Malala wouldn’t kick a shitbag in the balls, she would attempt to re-educate the shitbag and then let the shitbag do what they will with the information.
Malala is my hero. Here’s to re-educating shitbags.