Every morning, millions of Europeans used to leave their homes and head out to the crowded streets on their way to their daily chores. This simple task seems almost strange now. Our streets are empty, no more crowds, our daily tasks are now confined to our homes, our interactions with people limited to our immediate family or flatmates.
But instead of despairing or biding our times in the passive corners of the internet, the youth of Europe and WYA decided to face this new time with solidarity and generosity, training to have a better understanding of the human person in order to offer a better future.
Taking advantage of this gift of time, we set a record of newly certified CTP teachers. In April alone, 15 new trainers joined our ranks, tuning in from their bedrooms located all over Europe – Rome, Zagreb, Lyon, Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, Ljubljana and even Baalbek in Lebanon.
And it didn’t stop there! Our trainers and chapters immediately started working on CTPs of their own, all through the power of online conferences, giving young people the opportunity to learn about human dignity, freedom, values and culture. They taught other youth the texts of exceptional persons and authors like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and George Weigel.
It is tempting to wish for the perfect sunny day, the perfect picnic in the park, or even just going out to a restaurant, a bar. But maybe the best any of us can do is to use this time, play the hand we’ve been given and remember that, after all, there is no place like home.
As the youth of Europe, Europe’s future, let’s use this time, let’s remember that we are indeed a Global Family. That “Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries (…). It lies with each of us individually. “ (Dalai Lama, CTP Chapter 4)
It’s time to think about who we will be when we are finally allowed to take to the streets again.
It’s time to start anew- beginning with ourselves.
It’s time to CTP.
Published: May 13, 2020
Written by Ana Alarcón, a current WYA Europe intern
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