It is fair to say that as the years pass us by and we become more cognizant of the injustices in the world, our faith that things will improve continually chips away until we are left in a Holden Caulfield-esque state of wistfulness. We long for the days when we were young and our friends and family did not bring up politics at every gathering, or the times when we could reasonably tune out of conversations that were out of depths, and not worry about being judged for our lack of knowledge or understanding.

Personally, what I miss the most is the passion that I used to have to debate social and political issues. Now, I still have the same passion and beliefs that I once was eager to discuss. However, I find myself less enthusiastic to argue what seems more fundamental, and something that should not need to be argued at all. As we continue to move through 2017, and rapidly approach the end of the year, these injustices seem more real than ever and although they do not appear to be improving. Nonetheless, we should not give up on the year, and instead should try and focus on the positive things that have happened this year, and hope for more to come.

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