3rd Place - 6th Grade
Haley O'Brien, New York
The Roads of Choice
Zoom! Some drivers fly down the road without thinking, some contemplate
a map, and yet others simply take the advice of others. I think
war and peace will be decided at the intersection of choices,
and people much choose the right road to decide our future.
The first road is that of war, fighting and despair. People choose
this road for different reasons, whether it be love, pride, fighting
and for what's right, or just a shear love of fightings, pain,
agony, despair and quite often a love for power. Some of these
aqre noble causes, but some are not, but it's not like people
fight for no reason at allo, at least no in their minds. Many
who travel this road are innocent, and some don't even know that
they are gtraveling this dark and lonely lane into darkness. Some
come to realize their wrong-doings and cut across to other paths.
This is the path of war.
The next road is the one of peace, prosperity, and hope. This
road is ridden over in small groups and it makes me rather uncomfortable
to think of how seldom people travel this road. One can only travel
this road if they have good communication skills and are willing
to learn at all times and accept other beliefs, ideas, and races.
This is a road of beauty, but its lovely vines are beginning to
wilt in neglect. This road should be crowded with people who are
smart and who have made the right choice, yet it remains barren.
This is the road of peace.
Yet another route is the beaten path, or "the fast lane".
Taking this road is the easy way out because if you take this
road you make no decisions for yourself; you become part of the
crowd, go with the flow, and have few personal opinions. People
who travel this road often shun new ideas. This has brought death
to many religious leaders and great philosophers. Those who walk
along this road are often ignorant of the truth and are easily
deceived. People traveling this road can end up worse off. This
is the beaten path.
The last path is the one you make yourself, or the trail you blaze.
People who make their own path seek to make a difference, for
the better or worse. You could create a new weapon and change
the world to make it a worse place, or you could cure cancer and
make the world a better place. I seek to travel through the wilderness,
making my own path and placing my mark upon this mighty world
of ours. Some who make their own path are inventors, philosophers,
scientists, artists, and people who simply like to think out of
the box. This is the trail you blaze.
I think that it is necessary to have a balance of war and peace.
If there was only peace, no one would know what war was and if
someone evil entered our world they could conquer the planet with
a butter knife. People would be ignorant of the truth, and not
realize that something like war could exist anywhere. If there
was no peace no one would have any hope because they have never
had experienced peace before. I think that we must make the right
choices, but war is still part of life, and no one can rewrite
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