To Be a Sky Tracer

To Be a Sky Tracer

Student Essay

I am becoming a watcher of the sky because I'm no longer indifferent to the great injustices of our time.

I am morally moved when I watch violence and human suffering. This ethical uneasiness motivates me to actively participate, not to stand by. My high school years at Prepa Ibero in Mexico City and my commitment to a Facing History project deeply influenced who I am and who I will become, a watcher of the sky.

I started collaborating with Facing History when I was a freshman. It changed my life. Before, the road to peace, unity and understanding seemed unreachable. I was just one teenager. It felt like any effort to try and change the world would have the effect of a pebble against a wall. Why bother?

Then I committed myself to a project that I have been working on for more than four years; my biggest accomplishment. It’s a small museum called “Moments and Decisions,” where the visitor embarks on a journey through the Holocaust. The purpose is to make the visitor understand how something so horrible could happen, starting with the historical context of World War II and emphasizing the decision making process, how stereotyping and prejudging start from something as simple as erroneous labeling and can end in a genocide.

I gave everything to this project because when I was walked through the idea, I was able to reevaluate my life and how I saw the world. It made me value the importance of our past.

And I want other people to experience that.

The individuals who created the concept of our museum, my teachers, are the watchers of the sky that started tracing the stars’ paths. Because of them, I could start from a checkpoint that was ahead of where they started. They passed me the torch so I could continue tracing the stars.

And that’s what I continue to do.

Nowadays, I can’t be around the museum as much, so it's my turn to hand in my 97 volumes of star paths. I have seen the faces of visitors when they walk out of our museum. They're not the same as who they were before they walked in. We've gotten the most wonderful feedback, praise and recognition: endless things that confirm that our efforts paid off. Now, we've given the next generation of watchers of the sky an even more advanced starting point. Thanks to us, they are closer to “figuring out the meaning of the Universe,” in Mr. Ferencz's and Tycho Brahe's words.

I've seen our museum evolve into something solid and groundbreaking. We've toured all over Mexico and changed lots of perspectives. I believe that if this project keeps evolving, in a 100 years, its legacy will be so significant that it will keep creating generations of watchers of the sky, that will advance to make this world a better place.

I will continue to be an upstander, raising my voice in favor of justice and never stop tracing the stars.


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