Ewelina FilarWRD 1043.21.19A Modest ProposalWhat I propose, my fellow peers, alumni, and wealthy noblemen, is a simple solution to asimple problem. Internet addiction only exists because we allow our youth to trudge through the world with their heads down, as if bowing to their deity. In this case, they bow to their phones, their laptops, their technology machines. Since nothing is being done to correct this atrocious problem, I am left with no choice but to take matters in my own two hands to save not only the internet addicted generation, but also us, the elders. Remember, loved ones, that the people who are bowing to their phones are our future. I would like to encourage you all to reminisce about the simple times of our own girl and boyhoods. We would go to our own school houses, acquiring knowledge as our teachers wrote onboards and urged us to take notes from our textbooks. We shouted with glee when a hall monitor came in to notify us it was time for recess, and later when it was time to go home. We ran aroundour quiet neighborhoods until dusk, and were, in simple words, content. Do you remember what we were addicted to, what we could not get enough of, what needed to be forcefully taken from us at the end of every night? There is no perceivable moment that this memory can fall from my mind. We were addicted to the great outdoors. I am completely and utterly certain that you can all concur that today’s generation is simply not being brought up in the same ways that we were. They are taught by robots behind screens, bullying each other from miles away, sometimes even from different continents, and suffering both mentally and physically. How is it, that our invention’s greatest invention, is harming our youth? Given that they have the world under their fingertips, have any of you ever thought about what would happen if this vast resource was removed? I most certainly have and
am determined to implement this idea in real time.Yes, my friends, there is only one solution to combat this world wide, atrocious epidemic.Our youth must be put to the test. I am willing to bestow to the solution in a way that will conquer all other contributions. I currently possess a measly island that has been in the family formany, many generations, and that holds a very dear place in my heart. With its beautiful scenery; vast, untouched land; and most importantly, no internet, it is the perfect ground for cleansing people of their addictions. My precious island is known to the outside world as Niihau, and it is just off the coast of the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. It is very remote, so parents need not worry about the children escaping. Should they find themselves lost, it is but a short walk to the nearest village inhabited by indigenous Hawaiians.
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