Everything Unites Us

In 2014, at the age of 28, I became a citizen of a democratic nation for the first time in my life. It was also the year I founded Alter Atlas. I remember being told by another human being that I now have the right to vote. I realised first hand that some human rights take time and effort to earn in this world we live in today. Sometimes, it takes 28 years. I've witnessed this absence of rights in everyone else's lives but my own until then. All rights are equal, but some rights are more equal than others. I guess. In 2015, I voted in an election for the first time in my life. Now in 2016, after reading arguments for and against the American presidential candidates, I wish I had the power and the right to vote for and against candidates in every election, including America's. Every election affects us all. Democracy is a flawed political system, but it's the best we've got. I yearn for the day when every citizen of the world will have the right and the power to vote in every election of the world. Everything unites us.


By Steven Chu

Steven Chu is a Burmese-Australian architect and the Founding Director of Alter Atlas.

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