With all the serious shit going on in the world, here is an absolutely uplifting clip from The Daily Show that should be required viewing for, like, life. If you haven't heard of Malala Yousafzai, take a moment now to familiarize yourself: The Pakistani teen was shot in the head when she was 14 years old in 2012 by a Taliban soldier because she was unafraid to speak out about education and women's rights, she's now poised to become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate ever, and she has more well-formed, intelligent opinions about gender rights, religion, pacificism, and human nature than most U.S. politicians currently sitting in office do. Oh, and she's just 16.
Last night, Malala brought her wisdom to NYC and appeared on The Daily Show to promote her new memoir, I Am Malala, and talk about her opinions on women, education, religion, and the attack that very nearly took her life.
Everyone should watch the entire extended cut of Malala's interview, but this particular quote is worth being highlighted. In response to host Jon Stewart's question of how Malala felt when she found out that the Taliban had made her a target because she'd been speaking to the public and press about the terrorism going on in their down, she had this to say—a quote that, it should be noted, left Stewart completely speechless:
"I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, 'If he comes, what would you do Malala?' then I would reply to myself, 'Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.' But then I said, 'If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.' Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that 'I even want education for your children as well.' And I will tell him, 'That's what I want to tell you, now do what you want.'"
This girl is amazing. She also went into why the Taliban was oppressing women and not allowing them proper education, sounding remarkably older than her years:
"We are human behind and this part of our human nature that we don't learn the importance of anything until it's snatched from our hands. In Pakistan, when we were stopped from going to school, and that time I realized that education is very important, and education is the power for women. And that's why the terrorists are afraid of education. They do not want women to get education because then women will become more powerful."
[via Business Insider]