Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Why I Do What I Do

Truth can be either objective or subjective. Objective truth, or that which is true no matter what anyone says, always triumphs subjective truth, which is derived through opinion and perception.

People have always criticized the first word in the title of my blog as "claiming too much", and I would agree. But I am not claiming that everything I say is true, I'm simply claiming that everything I say is my true opinion - meaning, I won't say anything I don't truly believe.

People have also always criticized the last word in the title of my blog. And I've struggled to define why I decided to follow that path as well.

The day my teacher, Mr. Schneider, gave his students the assignment to create a blog changed my life, but I didn't know it just then. It took me a long time to realize why I chose this path, why I created "Truth from a Teen".

I started TFAT when I was 14 years old, with a mission to have my voice heard. But back when I was 14, my voice was different - and not only literally. The meaning of my voice being expressed was completely different. I was willing to express the voice of one demographic oppressed by stereotypes - the teenage voice.

But as I evolved, as I matured, I began to recognize and implement a different voice. A voice that was oppressed by innumerable stereotypes. The American voice. The Muslim voice. The Muslim American voice. The middle class voice.

But it was still, and always was, and always will be - my voice.

I started Truth from a Teen thinking I was representing the teenage voice, but as I've grown and matured I've realized that is not my purpose. I AIM to represent the teenage voice, the Muslim voice, etc. - but I cannot claim that I DO. I cannot claim that everything I say is reflective of a demographic's views toward a topic. I can only speak my own opinion based on fact and fiction with the hope that it resonates with other's.

By creating this website, I found a new avenue for my opinions through the internet - through TFAT, through Facebook. It isn't only my life I'm sharing, I'm sharing something we all have but are afraid to express - perspective. I truly believe we are all equal and are all capable of things of equal caliber, and my goal is to inspire those who aren't capitalizing on their perspective.

We are all amazing people. Each one of us, whether we have the ability to see and hear or are blind or deaf, are all social animals who drive on our perception and the doubt of other's.

I do what I do not only because I love to do it, but because I am able to connect with people of all different backgrounds, able to express my opinions, able to hear other's, able to perceive, and express my perception.

This is what I want to do and I'll keep on doing it even after TFAT ends.

And that's the truth.


The ICCPR recognizes the right to freedom of speech as "the right to hold opinions without interference." You may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.