Just a few points about this girl

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Submitted: September 01, 2019

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I wish I could link this video here and make you watch it, but unless you speak Finnish, that’s not going to help you. In any case, I just figured out Laura Huhtasaari, a Finnish politician and also a Member of the EU Parliament, decided to post a video on YouTube about Greta Thunberg. Yes, the 16-year-old girl from Sweden who’s become the face of climate activism. In that video, she makes a point about two things that I find odd. The adults have made Thunberg a symbol. It’s the media, and she wouldn’t be as popular unless adults with actual jobs had made her that. That may be true, in some level. The second thing, is that people listen to her. Why her? Why don’t people make noise about the 16-year-old who protests open borders or gay marriage?

The first issue, I get it, in a way. We’re talking about a child. Legally speaking. A 16-year-old is a child in Sweden. In my opinion it’s an ethical issue. Is it okay to make a child the face of something political? I mean, when does she go to school? Spend time home? Live the life of a normal teenager in Sweden? Finland and Sweden are similar enough for me to know what it’s like to be a teenager in Sweden. It’s not far from being one in Finland. Now this teenager has been dragged into world politics. I understand she’s making a point, and I admire her drive, because I never would’ve been able to speak to world leaders three years ago, no matter how I felt. Let alone in English, because I’m a little too aware of my pronunciation sounding too Finnish. It’s adorable though, how her Swedish comes through her English. I love the way Swedes speak English. Anyway. She’s not even legally an adult. Why have adults raised her to the political field, which is not the nicest place for a teenager.

I mean, think about it. I don’t think much about it if I decide to write something shitty about a politician online, because most politicians are aware of the consequences when they decide to enter the field. Democracy works like that. People are elected to represent a larger amount of people. You’re not going to be elected unless you decide to run. When you do so, you accept the fact people will hate you and talk shit about you. In a way, you subject yourself to all that trash people might say about you, because it comes with the job, and it’s your own choice. No one is forcing you to be a politician. But Thunberg is not a politician. She’s still just a girl from Sweden who decided to do something. I doubt she realized what she was getting into a year ago, but she divides people. She hasn’t been elected into any office, but she still gets trashed in many places. Is that right?

The second thing is interesting. Unless you know Finnish politics, you might not know Huhtasaari. She is in the Finns’ Party, a right-wing nationalist party. One of the more conservative parties in Finland. She’s in the Identity and Democracy EU Parliament group, in case you know that, because I’m sure most people reading this might know more about EU politics than Finnish. If I had to describe her, she would be the “Trump of Finland”. You know. Fuck the EU, fuck open borders, keep Finland white, Islam is bad, Christianity is good, climate change is… true, but Finland doesn’t have an affect so fuck climate politics. We don’t gotta do shit because large countries destroy the world.

So, what if Thunberg was protesting open borders? I don’t know. Maybe getting millions of people behind that would be harder. Most teenagers I know agree with Thunberg, but also most agree that open borders in EU are good. The part of population who sees open borders as bad are a minority in her age group. Hell, the Finnish government is opening the border to Russia, in a way, and everyone’s fucking ecstatic. I mean, it’s ridiculous you would need a visa to go to another country, right? And that is costs and takes time to get. We’re buddies with Putin, this is not the USSR. It’s about time you can get an electronic visa to St. Petersburg because it takes three hours by train from Helsinki to get there. Tourism is good for economy, right? Plus, cheap gas and tobacco.

Same thing with gay marriage. Most people think it’s fine. Because seriously. The argument that people of same sex can’t have children is ridiculous. If I ever got married with a guy, I wouldn’t want kids. People don’t get married to have kids. People have kids outside marriage. It’s the 21st century. Maybe check your calendars if you think so. Or religion. Fuck that. What about people who don’t get married in a religious way? Seriously. Okay, anyway. I’m getting off the topic again. If someone Thunberg’s age thought that way about gay marriage, then what?

Maybe it’s the fact that this is an international problem. What Sweden thinks about gay marriage is their thing. Open borders in the EU is a European issue. No one in Canada will care about that unless they are travelling in Europe. No one in Nigeria will care unless they are in Europe. Climate change is different, because people in all countries can get behind an opinion about it, because it will affect everyone eventually.

Maybe it’s also the fact people are more international. Most gen Z’s know people abroad. We speak English better than our parents and grandparents. We care more about international issues, but probably about national issues abroad too. It shows in many ways. When people get shot in a school in Florida, it leads to a small high school in South-Eastern Finland joining the people in America when they get the fuck out of their school because those people were shot. Can we affect it? No. Does it make a difference in our life if we have an opinion? Not really. But still, we care, because we live in a very globalized world. Especially when it comes to issues that affect people our age, because we might get them. Now that you can watch anything live anywhere, we have a way of showing we support others. Be it about international issues like climate change or gun violence in the US. It’s not as much about the fact if we can affect the situation, it’s more about backing up people you agree with and showing them you support them.

 


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