It’s in our interest to take care of others. Self-centredness is opposed to basic human nature. In our own interest as human beings we need to pay attention to our inner values. Sometimes people think compassion is only of help to others, while we get no benefit. This is a mistake. When you concern yourself with others, you naturally develop a sense of self-confidence. To help others takes courage and inner strength.
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama is a very smart man.
We do not live alone on this planet. There are over seven billion people with whom we live. Unfortunately, western culture (and if you’re reading this, you have a western culture) has made it too easy for us to forget about our brothers and sisters who are suffering. One-third of the world’s food is thrown out worldwide. Nickelback had it right: “we can feed a starving world with what we throw away.” Also, 780 million people only have water that will make them sick. You’ve heard it a million times, but actually think about that for a second. 780 million people (that’s two and a half USA’s) only have water that will make them sick. So now, not only are they starving, their body is trying without success to rid itself of a water-borne illness. All while carrying on with life. And some people think this is normal!
Guys, this is ridiculous. 20% of the world’s people live on less than $1.25 a day (which is also ridiculous because that is the international poverty line, and you can’t even get a candy bar for that anymore).
If you are reading this, you probably have access to internet, which means you make enough money to have luxuries like WiFi (or at least enough to sit in Starbucks with a green tea smoothie, which was also more than $1.25). You probably can read (meaning you are literate, unlike 1.26 billion others), and most likely you can read English. You probably graduated (or will graduate) from high school, and probably college too: meaning you have an education, something most cannot boast. (In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10 percent.)
So now you are feel sufficiently depressed and slightly guilty. You are thinking about doing something else, But you are going to keep reading.
There are so many opportunities for we that have much to give to our brothers and sisters who have little. From the assumption above, you have internet, at least a little extra money, can read, and now realize how messed up these statistics are. So I am encouraging you to do something! Even a few dollars can help. Here is a list of my favorite sites to donate to, but don’t just click one! Find something that you are passionate about, and make it stop! When we work together, we are unstoppable.
Charity: Water: www.charitywater.org
Free Rice (this one doesn’t cost you anything, guys!): www.freerice.com
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