Who Do You Care About?
Awhile ago, I was associated with a person who said she could not care about the troubles of other people in the world as it does not affect her daily life. This was in response to a portion of a play I wrote about my father, who was a survivor of Auschiwitz. I wrote about other cultures that have experienced or are still experiencing genocide and mass hatred in this section (which, I got back from a few, was too “preachy”).
Her words astounded me, and try as I could to explain how I felt and why I felt the way I did, she was only concerned with her own here and now. It was one of the reasons our association ended.
I just saw a series of videos for a science class about Island lives, in various parts of the world, where the rising waters, melting ice caps, and loss of land are destroying their native lands. One group has been told that their island will be submerged in less than ten years. A series of small islands were actually one large island less than twenty years ago. The sea water is bubbling up over and under the land, destroying crops, leaving the few families left to wait…sometimes up to three months…for surplus food to support them. Mainly rice.
According to the journalist, no one from any scientific community has visited or offered any support.
So…Who do YOU care about?
In the midst of my going through my own worries and concerns, the plight of these people hit me, and hit me hard. Can I take on the weight of the world when I have my own troubles? It depressed me to see what they are going through. My own problems cast a heavy weight of their own, and I want to offer…
offer what? Prayers? Yes, I can do that.
Information? Yes, I can do that too, but writing this, hoping to make someone else aware of the plight of others…I’m not sure what is enough, what burdens we need to carry, what prayers we need to send, what good can we do.
I told the woman I was associated with that if ONE person can alter their thinking, maybe cause one person to take an action (or decide not to do a negative action), that would be better than not doing anything at all. It could all just be blowing in the wind. I don’t know.
I’m sending out silent thoughts of prayers and wishes for those people, as I also pray for myself, to end whatever suffering is going on. I hope it is enough.
Posted on November 28, 2012, in Caring, Family, Fear, Friends, Grief, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Meditations, Mindfulness, Prayers, Support and tagged anxiety, caring, compassion, concern, coping, depression, Global Warming, relocation, strength, World Society. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.