by Luke Yokota, High School Student, Gold Coast, Australia
I’ve been around the work (Universal Medicine) now for about 4 years. During that time I have seen many changes in myself and others. I might add that when I started I was only 14 years old. You might say that because of my age it was only natural that I was changing and developing as a young man… and whilst that may be true, I still find it interesting to reflect on the ways I have changed, and wonder how different it would be if I didn’t have the inspiration of Universal Medicine and my fellow students.
I would say that through attending the workshops and courses I have been given many opportunities to assess my choices in a much more responsible manner. For example, during my final year in schooling we had many guest speakers come into the school to give talks on how to be safe at ‘schoolies’ – such as the Red frogs (Christian aid organisation), St John’s ambulance service and Queensland Police.
And of course, being in close connection with ‘schoolies’, the topic of alcohol and how to keep safe whilst drinking was high priority. Here were some of the suggestions the speaker from St John’s ambulance service had to share with us:
- Have a designated driver.
- Hide your keys from your intoxicated mate so he wouldn’t be able to drive.
- Park your intoxicated mate in so they can’t move their car.
- Get one of your attractive female friends to ask to borrow the keys to your intoxicated mate’s car.
But I think they left out one 100% sure-fire way to make sure no-one intoxicated came to or caused any harm.
LEAVE THE BOOZE OUT!
I was surprised that this didn’t even come up as a suggestion, even though it was a room full of teenagers (mostly underage) who were about to go to ‘schoolies’… I would have thought that at least it would come up in passing. Wouldn’t it have been amazing for a room full of teenagers to hear from authority figures – such as the QLD Police or the St John’s ambulance service – that Not Drinking was an option as well?
You may say that not drinking is an assumed option… but is it really?
Ever since I started high school I’ve heard nothing but the glorification of ‘schoolies’: the getting wasted, the one-night stands with complete strangers and the all night partying. Imagine all that pressure to do all those things, from all your friends, for over 5 years in high school. How could you possibly think that not to drink was even an option when there had been so much hype beforehand?
“Hey man, we are gonna get so wasted at ‘schoolies’”.
There never really seemed to be any choice to me – just an assumption that we must partake in this activity, almost like a compulsory rite of passage. So I ask, can ‘not drinking’ really be an assumed option when no one has ever said it?
I researched a few points from the Australian Institution of Criminology in relation to alcohol violence.
According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS), in 2007 approximately:
- 1 in 4 Australians were victims of alcohol-related verbal abuse.
- 13 percent were made to feel fearful by someone under the influence of alcohol.
- 4.5 percent of Australians aged 14 years or older had been physically abused by someone under the influence of alcohol (AIHW 2008).
- One-third (30%) of assault charges are likely to be attributable to alcohol.
- Almost half (44%) of all intimate partner homicides, and the majority (87%) of intimate partner homicides involving Indigenous people, are alcohol related.
So why didn’t any of the guest presenters speak about ‘Not Drinking’? Surely this would have been the most effective method on minimising harm done at ‘schoolies’.
Universal Medicine, on the other hand, has allowed me to grow up seeing that:
- To be loving and tender is ok, (it’s beyond ‘ok’; it should be normal).
- Women deserve to be treated with love and respect, not as the lesser gender.
- It is wise to implement measures to take care of myself, such as being in bed by 9, eating out of respect for the body, and making more effort to create harmonious relationships with everyone I meet.
The point that I wish to express here is, that if Serge Benhayon can present in such a way as to inspire an 18 year old boy so that he would much rather create deep meaningful relationships with everyone he meets, and treat himself and others with respect, rather than destroying himself with drugs and alcohol, then Universal Medicine is definitely something worth talking about.
Australian Institution of Criminology: http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/rip/1-10/04.html