When did we Stop Helping One Another?

Life is so hard.

When did we stop helping one another?

Sometimes we are touched by somebody’s pain, and we want to help. However, we refuse to acknowledge it. We are conditioned by society to turn away. We say we are too busy. We say we are too broke.

We assume somebody else will help. We may even blame the needy party themselves for being in their position.

The true reasons for our inaction run much deeper, however. Skepticism, cynicism, and narcissism often stop us from acting on a compassionate nature.


It’s not always the gift itself that makes the biggest impact, but the heart from which it was given. Many underprivileged people need food to eat, yes, but more than that they need Kindness. They need to know that someone, even a stranger, is in their corner.


Suppose you saw this scene unfold. What would you have done? Most of us would sympathize, shaking our heads. We would avert our eyes, embarrassed to have seen this emotional moment. Most of us would see the problem but choose not to act. We do this every day.


How many opportunities do you have to do the same?


If you open your eyes, they are everywhere. They are standing on the side of the road with a cardboard sign. They are eating in a soup kitchen. They are working extra shifts to buy diapers.




Even if you do not have a cent to your name, there is something powerful you can do. A smile and a kind word cost you nothing and can make all the difference.


Most people avert their eyes when they see the struggle. This causes undue shame and belittlement. People start to feel invisible, just when they need to be seen the most. You can help to fight this dynamic.


Smile at someone who is struggling. Lend a tired mother/father some encouraging words. If you have a dollar/pesos to spare, buy foods for someone who is hungry.




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