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To put it in few words, MUNs for me mean first and foremost getting to know other people and conversing with them about real issues on the international agenda, in order to make a difference. Now you may be thinking: "Wow, that's original indeed!..." Yeah, I know, you have heard it a thousand times. But, wait, follow me, let me explain more in detail what I really mean by that, and judge at the end.
In a very interconnected world, with a trend which is continuously pushing towards more interconnection, for me there isn't anything more exciting than learning about what is happening around the world and why. Even if often it is about very sad facts. But this is only the first step. Because soon after, what really matters to me is to do what I can to make things better. And to think about the future imagining new ways to do that, or how to combine my short-term and medium-term plans with this higher mission. Unfortunately the reality is often way uglier than what you may wish to note... and this may make you very depressed... but should it stop you? should you give up once you realise how bad, sad and complicated everything is? should you become like one of those monkeys "I can't see, I can't hear, I can't speak"?
There are already too many of this kind out there, please don't become like them. If you do, you should know that you are, even if in a passive way, collaborating in keeping a significant part of the reality in which we live unacceptable.
MUN:Planet is a community of young people and some of you may have not yet found themselves in front of those "mafia" situations that tell you, sometimes even in a very kind and polite way, "either you accept it and continue in this path or you are out", "either you collaborate with us in this way or you are not welcome anymore", "either you stop having stupid thoughts and start thinking the way we do or there is really no point in you standing here with us". Well, if you didn't find yourself yet in one of those situations I guess you are either still very young or very lucky, or both. Or you don't want to look at things with honest eyes. Getting older, many people, maybe most of the people, find some kind of compromise with those challenges... which are not really compromises, rather are, again, an indirect way to accept them. Other people, those who don't want to accept those kind of compromises, normally radicalise and often become opponents. And to bring these two kinds of people together again in the future it's gonna be a huge task.
Obviously you can read society in a variety of ways, but at the end of the day, in my opinion, this is the ultimate difference that I can see: people that get integrated, and compromised, with the current system and people that become opponents, passive or active, and therefore isolated. In the middle, a tiny percentage that look straight to the challenges and constantly synthesise new ways to participate while remaining independent, the only bridge that can fill the gap.
Participating in MUNs means to have the chance to discuss with other young people about all problems that push people apart, before they have created a real divide between the participants. And discover and re-discover what can unite people from anywhere around the world despite all differences, supposed or concrete, minor or significant. Discussing about real major issues among young people can really make a difference, because it opens a window of light in the darkness, a sense of truth in the confusion. And substantially contribute to our shared commitment for a better future for all.