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This I Believe Essay by Jacob Meyer

Jacob Meyer

Jacob Meyer is a senior at Benton Central High School.

Jacob plans to join the Navy after graduating high school and afterwards would like to acquire a job in the culinary field.

This is his essay entitled, "The Unfinished Project"

Loving everyone surrounding you—regardless of the circumstances—solidifies what I believe. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We’ve learned to fly the air as birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven’t learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.” A negative outlook often becomes projected into the media, attempting to undermine all the positive influences in our society. Many people often succumb to the negative influences—and are left as a negative influence themselves. As a “modern society,” how are we still left with unfinished work? How, as a modern society, have we learned to create new advancements in technology, gaining support for disabilities and anomalies; however, we cannot advance the support and love we convey to one another? Adversity produces a negative obstacle that should bring us together as brothers and sisters; yet, this strife often thrusts us in the opposite direction.

Love is not just reciting the words “I love you”—love thrives as the unconditional support for anybody during a time of adversity. How can we say we are a functioning society, while at the same time, we are often burying one another with negative statements and actions? We must join together as a family—love and care for others as if they are our brothers and sisters. Love becomes the only tool that will bring us together, and when facing a controversial or adversarial force, love will always prevail. Unconditional love—regardless the circumstances—will finish the project and hold our society together, so that we can persevere and “walk the earth as brothers and sisters.” This, I believe.