Across countries, across languages and across backgrounds, there is a connection among all youth. Often, that connection stems from the mighty internet which gives us the ability to communicate with people from all over the world. However, another form of connection, less discussed, but more widely used, is the power of passion.
The youth of the United States have passion at their core. Whether they are pursuing dreams of saving the world or becoming a rock star, they love what they do. This trait is emulated across the globe, crossing diverse cultures, different time zones and ethnicities.
In Venezuela, the passion of youth has infiltrated the government. With the election October 7th, the youth were the deciding factor. Henrique Capriles Radonski who ran against President Hugo Chavez, tried hard to win over the under 30 demographic of all social classes. Observe images of him walking through the streets and it is clear, he succeeded to an extent. The Washington Post describes Capriles as being “mobbed at rallies by women who press close to touch him and leave scratched on his arms and neck. Some shout “Marry me!”.
Chavez on the other hand, has not had as easy a time winning over the youth of Venezuela but in the end, suceeded. According to the Washington Post, “He’s also gone to great lengths to freshen up his image for younger voters. Instead of his military fatigues, he’s been wearing casual blue jackets and occasionally a yellow scarf.” I’m not sure about Venezuela, but I can definitely say that a yellow scarf will not win an election in the United States. In fact, I’m sure it would be detrimental if Romney or Obama sported a yellow scarf to the next debates. However, despite this fashion mishap, Chavez has done it again.
The youth of Venezuela chose the future of their county. Now, it is up to the youth of the United States of America to do the same. As JK Rowling said in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth”.