When I log onto my Facebook account, I see numerous articles shared about injustices in the world that call people to action and change; however, by sharing or reading articles, you are not actually helping them (shocking right!). Yes, you may raise awareness and change society’s perception of the situation, but no matter how much something is shared or how many minds are changed, it does not impact how many people are being helped. By sharing articles you are not actually helping anyone.
If you want to see something done vote, teach, volunteer, or donate–these are actions that actually make an impact.
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference” Elie Wiesel
In Psychology 101 we learned about evasion (lack of action). Generally, if you are going to be attacked or assaulted in public, you would want it to be in a crowded area so you have a greater likelihood to be helped. WRONG! According to statistics and countless studies, victims only have a ten percent chance of being helped in a crowded area, compared to an eighty percent chance of being helped in an area with less than five people. Shocking isn’t it? There are two psychological terms for this phenomenon: bystander effect and diffusion of responsibility. Basically, everyone thinks that everyone else is going to help, meaning that they do not have to do anything.
How many times have you said, “It’s not my responsibility,” when you saw suffering and injustice?
We think others are more skilled and more qualified than us, so we should not be the ones to help. Problem is, everyone thinks like that and if no one helps, the person in need never receives assistance. This applies to any situation: adopting, teaching children morals, fighting injustices…
Bottom line–if no one does anything NOTHING will get done. NO change will happen.
C.S. Lewis has a thought provoking quote on this:
“In the book The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis, a devil briefs his demon nephew, Wormwood, in a series of letters on the subtleties and techniques of tempting people. In his writings, the devil says that the objective is not to make people wicked but to make them indifferent. This higher devil cautions Wormwood that he must keep the patient comfortable at all costs. If he should start thinking about anything of importance, encourage him to think about his luncheon plans and not to worry so much because it could cause indigestion. And then the devil gives this instruction to his nephew: ‘I, the devil, will always see to it that there are bad people. Your job, my dear Wormwood, is to provide me with people who do not care.'”
I view God’s will being done as surfing. You can either stand by and watch it, or you can hope on surfboard and ride the wave in. You can either see other people doing God’s will, or you can be a part of it.
Do something. Anything!