Voice

I hate reading the news because the news upsets me. It doesn’t mean that I want to live in oblivion. It simply means that I hate reading things that I can’t change or contribute to in any way.

News topics that strike me the hardest are the ones that involve war and conflict. Where there’s war and conflict, there are innocent, helpless victims that are trapped in an unsafe environment. These victims cannot escape. I want to help them escape, but I cannot because its just not safe for me to intervene in such repressive environments.

We live in a world where it isn’t safe for people to live in their own homes. We live in a world where it isn’t safe for us to help and support victims. I find this heartbreaking.

Not matter how passive I feel in these situations, I now know that i’ll never truly be “not helping” or “not contributing”. My insight on the things that we see in the news is precious. Through my voice in discussion, I have a powerful ability to share my insights. My insights might be able to enrich another person’s thoughts; my insights may even prompt another person to completely change their own mentalitity towards various issues.

Your insight can do the exact same. Don’t be afraid to give a voice to your views.

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I live in my own bubble; a bubble where all I can see is suffering, despite my efforts to keep morale high. I read the news, watch the television and acknowledge ghost smiles. I feel disconsolate. 

I drown in the disappointment I have for myself and society as a whole on a daily basis. If we were all just a little bit more compassionate and empathetic, half of the problems in this world wouldn’t exist. Instead of taking responsibility for each member of society to tackle our first world problems, we choose to ignore these problems and live in our own little bubbles of oblivion. We give up on our world, before we even attempt to approach the problems in society. 

Last week I registered to become an organ donor, but I still feel disappointed in myself- I am one donor, and I can only help one patient. I cannot help everyone, and this fact deeply saddens me.

It is difficult to make a positive change in the world when you are standing alone, so I ask you, what can you do to positively contribute to the world…. And why are you not doing it now?