The Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai to silence the outspoken Pakistani teenager once and for all. But it backfired: Her voice is now more powerful than ever.
While I view Malala's efforts as positive, I can't help but think that she is merely challenging "the establishment..." I think lots of things are ridiculous in this world, and that she should be shot for protesting is one of them, but realistically, I think that the Taliban could be roughly equated to the law enforcement division of the government of the US, and I think that if we stood up to even the ridiculousness of police enforcement, whether it is 'for a cause' or not, we would get brutalized too, and reap the consequences. If I wanted to stand up against a law that truly oppresses what I believe I should have access to, and I... for example, publically smoked marijuana, does that mean that I should reach international acclaim and fame, with funding from other countries? I personally believe, based on friend's testimonies, and research in books... that marijuana is more important than even the most basic forms of elementary education for living beings. And it is illegal in most of the 50 of the 'United' States. And I would be punished for using it in places where it is not legal. While I don't want Malala to be besmirched, I do think that society is considering education as important as possible because of her undeniably foolish (in terms of danger presented) protests, while there are much more valuable things in life, such as entheogens, that would not be as valued if publically protested, due to... being besmirched. I do not believe spiritual sacrements should be prohibited, and I also do not believe that some forms of education should be prohibited (like... do you really want dangerous radicals making advanced nuclear weaponry? but other forms are ok...)... How about countries having laws that do not restrain individuals from actions that do not bring negative or unwanted actions against other people, as is generally suggested by the UN Declaration of Human Rights...?