When the dark and horrifying year of 2016 came to a close, most of us thought, well, surely 2017 will be better. It has not been.
This year and this country have seen numerous atrocities committed from positions of unchecked power. The burial of a dictator in the hero’s cemetery. The continued genocide of accused drug users. Attempts to disempower the Commission on Human Rights. And if the recent flood of sexual abuse allegations coming from both Hollywood and Manila are any indication, the patriarchy has not been crushed.
What you’ll find in this issue of The Youth Is On Fire, though, are the voices of those who have processed the state of society in their own unique ways, but always, always, from a place of fury. It can be hard to stay hopeful in the midst of all this, when some terrible event seems to make the news every damn day. But may the works of art here stoke the flames of unrest inside you and keep your anger burning. Lord knows that’s what we need.
— Team YS
You can submit an illustration, a photograph, a poem, an essay, a song, or whatever output you wish you to share with other creative kids. This is your platform to show your work and an opportunity to hone
It can be hard to stay hopeful in the midst of all this, when some terrible event seems to make the news every damn day. But may the works of art here stoke the flames of unrest inside you and keep your anger burning. Lord knows that’s what we need.
We all take it wherever we can get rest, and the world gives us as many forms of relief as it does experiences of pain. Perhaps we can call that symmetry. May you never have to bear more than what you can handle.
All the time that we have is all that’s necessary. There’s something poignant about the ephemeral, and in this issue, we capture it all: feelings, states of mind, moments slipping through our fingers, only for their memories to last us a lifetime.
The best thing about diversity is that it keeps us together. This issue is all about that: our continued unity despite (and because of) our differences, finding goodness in others, and becoming linked through art. Come join us — there’s always room.
If life has taught us anything, it’s that we carry on the only way we know how. In the second issue, we look to the possibilities and garner new perspectives. Times may be rough, but we can always tune out and turn around.
Firsts and fresh starts. Issue one celebrates the innocence and intricacies that come with beginnings — the hard work, the little shifts and changes, the triumphs and hardships, the need to do better. Let’s do it together, shall we?