Have You Ever Stopped Caring for People Around You?

Written by Karen Schenk

helpsomeoneAwhile back, I watched with shock as countless cars drove right by my stranded vehicle. I wondered if people were too afraid to stop and help or just no longer cared?    Were there no good people left in the world?  I just needed a little help!

Later, safe at home I realized that if I see someone on the side of the road with car trouble, often I drive past, hoping that the next person will help them.  I know someone should help, I’m just not sure that person should be me.  What if I’m late? What if they ask me for something I don’t have? What if they are dangerous? It’s so much easier not to risk it and just keep driving.

The world is filled with apathy and hardship. When someone returns a wallet or does a good deed, it seems incredibly abnormal.  Sometimes it is even newsworthy.  It takes so little to make a difference in someone’s life and in their perspective of mankind as a whole.  Why do we shy away from  making a difference more often? Do you believe the world can become a better place?

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2 Responses to “Have You Ever Stopped Caring for People Around You?”

  • Esther says:

    Yes, I have ever stopped caring for the people around me. I guess normally when that happens is when i’m weary. So we turn to our self-centered selves and give ourselves so many excuses just not to help someone else. Even though deep in our spirit we KNOW that we should help. Its nature for us to hope, but its also nature for us to give it. That’s why we would feel bad driving pass a granny that needs help with her grocery trolie. We often just hope for another person to help. But i realise that when we go the extra mile to give hope to others, we actually feel whole on the inside. Satisfied in a way, and wiould just want to give more.

  • Maybelle says:

    IT’s also a difficult question, and I know based on my everyday life, I’m not exactly the kindest or most helpful person out there. We’re caught up in selfish motivations, and even a “kind” action can come out of pride as opposed to love. Then there’s the whole argument between utilitarianism vs. categorical imperative… It’s good to think that the world can be a better place, and that we can work towards it. I also think that society’s conventions should not stop us from being kind even if it’s “abnormal”; that would be giving into fear, and not love.

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