This has become one of my favorite sayings.
I love this.
One my my friends had a facebook rant today about how we shouldn’t be worrying about Kony and things that are happening thousands of miles away when we have too many problems of our own to fix.
Do we have our own problems? Absolutely. But just because you have your own stuff to worry about doesn’t mean you can ignore the plight of others. If a person lived like that, we wouldn’t see them as a very benevolent person, just as we would not be a benevolent country if that was our policy.
And I completely understand the mentality of taking care of your own first and then moving outward. We need to be in good shape in order to have the capacity to help others. But we are already so much better off than most that it’s extremely ignorant to say that we can’t help when it is needed.
I also think that it’s dangerous to think of people in other countries as not part of the same group, as different from us. We’re all people. We should all take care of each other and stop labeling “us” and “them”. Which brings me back to the above quote. Let’s fight for the world, and every person in it, not just those in our country.