“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” Jane Addams
Jane Addams brings up a good point, one I’ve seen proof of over and over: together we all have more than we do separately. We’re designed down in our genes to be together, work together, live together and succeed together. Yet many of us don’t see the point in helping others and are only concerned about our personal future. Let’s think about it from a very simple perspective: if we didn’t have schools for our kids we would have to homeschool them. You might be OK with that, but others definitely say there’s no way they would ever want to be without a school that they can send their kids to. Personally I believe that there’s a lot of improvement needed in our schools, but until more people are willing to call for and make changes happen nothing will change for the better.
Another example would be in the fact that I can only snack on organic celery (as opposed to regular celery). No matter how good organic celery may be for me, unless there are other people who want organic celery at the same stores I shop in, the stores won’t carry it.
But all this goes back to the age old marketing lesson that if you really like something or something really matters to you you’ll tell all your friends and get them involved in it too. You can’t go too far online before you run into a charity or non-profit looking for some assistance or just a “share.” No matter how helpful or amazing that charity is, it won’t get anywhere without more than a few of us stepping up to support them.
The reason we have schools, organic celery and charities changing the course of people’s lives for the better is because we’ve accepted them and incorporated them into our lives. These aren’t things that only benefit one person, but rather benefit whole communities and groups of people. What have you done lately for others?