When Did the World Go to Shit?

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I brace myself every morning before I check CNN.com. It is one of the first sites I visit when I get to work, and I mentally have to make myself check.

When did the world become so vile?

When did the most prestigious countries in the world start dehumanizing their populations?

Why is it easy to see people as a number, statistic, or problem?

Why is it easy for us to pass by a person asking for money on the street? How come we sleep so contently, when there are people in our community who have nowhere to sleep? How come we are not doing more for children who have been torn away from their parents?

What can we do? What can I do?

We can be the first. We can be the leaders. We can lead by example. We can lead by understanding that we are all on this journey together, so other people’s struggles are actually our own.

I am tired of being sad, embarrassed, angered and powerless to the world I live in. I want to do more. I want to help.

Whether it is volunteering my time, donating food or money, or educating myself on policy or procedures, I am going to do something.

We are all trying to make more money, gain success, and become more of what we want to be, but how often do we think about lending a helping hand?

The one thing that my family has always said is a strength in me is my generosity. I give what I can and I do not ever expect anything in return. I am working on extending this. I want to give more. I want to help more. I want to volunteer. I want to utilize my skill set to help others.

This is not what life was meant to be like. We have so much; Canada and America are two of the best countries, on paper, to live in, so why are our people suffering?

Why are we closing doors and borders and saying ‘no’ to people wanting to create a better future for themselves and their families?

The worries of immigrants bringing in violence and chaos into our countries is ridiculous. First of all, these countries are not for anyone to own. We brought violence and chaos into these countries and ripped the ownership from the true owners. That’s the foundation of society, but we need to be better. We need to understand that there is not an ‘us and them’ in life.

I was at a coffee shop the other day and a young girl was refused access to the washrooms because they are for paying customers only. Seriously? We cannot let people utilize our resources unless we are attaining a fiscal gain from them? Large scale or small, I am done with this. I am done judging a person based on their life circumstance, history or education, if you ask for my help, I will try my best to help and that’s it.

By doing nothing I am part of the problem.

I know I can’t change the world, but I can change relationship I have with the people I interact with daily. I can do more and I will. I want to start spending time, each day, helping others because we are not where we need to be as a society, so we all need to do our part.

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