16-year-old Malala Yousafzai isn't exactly your average teen. An outspoken advocate for female education, she has survived an assassination attempt, is the youngest person ever to have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and she's also written a book, entitled I Am Malala, in which she discusses the Taliban's rise to power in her Pakistani hometown.
Malala sat down with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show yesterday and all we can say is that this is one interview worth watching. It'll sure change your perspective on a thing or two.
One of the sit-down's most moving moments was when Malala was asked about her reaction to the Taliban's desire to kill her.
She said: "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.'"
Wow. That one quote alone is enough to help anyone look at the world a little differently than before.