Help One, Help All

Students from Mexico are being obligated to complete community service in order to graduate from colleges and universities. Some may consider this tedious and unnecessary, but others find it can create a more unified, improved world. Students will be driven to care for others, leading to generations of citizens who genuinely care to help others. In a world of individuals assisting one another, everyone’s life can be ameliorated in one way or another.

By forcing students to participate in community service, schools would drive students to have a less selfish perspective as they progress through life. After one participates in a communal service, they begin to grasp that there are others less fortunate than themselves. For most, understanding the less fortunate is enough to encourage one to aspire to give back; humans have a natural sense of empathy, urging us to care for those who cannot care for themselves. By urging students to tap into this sense for empathy, colleges would inspire generation after generation of civilians to acquire a taste for giving back; with time, this can create a world of people helping people. Imagine if everyone saw the world as “how can I help someone?” rather than “how can I be helped?”. Most people would receive help with out requesting it, just as much as they would give it.

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People assisting one another is ideal in the concept of a more perfect world. Yes, being self-sufficient is important, but sometimes it is not always possible. Each individual has gray areas; things they cannot accomplish alone because they are genetically or mentally incapable to. There are also things some individuals do with ease that others cannot do at all. In a world where everyone helps one another, people can combine different skills and assets to better lives for all. If one is incapable of doing something for themselves, and another can do it for them, it betters the life of the incapable; if the helper also is incapable of doing something for themselves (a different task), and the former incapable citizen can assist them in return, then both parties better their lives. Imagine if a student athlete needed tutoring in computing, and a handicapped computer engineer needed assistance bringing in groceries. By both parties volunteering their services to one another – the athlete bringing in the groceries because of his physical capabilities and the computer engineer tutoring the athlete because of his mental experience in the field – both parties received the help they needed themselves.

All we know for certain is our own individuality. Each and every person is only one-hundred percent sure about their own mentality. How others feel, how others think, even reality as we know it can all be false. This does not mean we are alone however. We are always aware of what we want and/or need, and if there is assistance available in doing so, it should be taken (as well as given). Self-sufficient is important in become a well rounded adult, but being able to accept help when needed is as well. As a nation, it is important we learn to provide assistance to improve one another as well as receive it. By volunteering at a young age, we can adapt this mentality early on in our lives, creating a generation of help-give-help rather than dog-eat-dog.

LINK TO ARTICLE: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/05/05/community-service-in-mexico/

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Help One, Help All

3 thoughts on “Help One, Help All

  1. themegmurray says:

    In response to: Carolina Souza’s “Help one, Help all”
    I agree that a lot of what they’re doing is effective in helping these kids make a difference and push themselves to do better and graduate. However, I’m not sure if I exactly agree with what you said about empathy. “For most, understanding the less fortunate is enough to encourage one to aspire to give back; humans have a natural sense of empathy, urging us to care for those who cannot care for themselves.” I think, generally, this is actually a really optimistic view of people and the world, but unfortunately isn’t really accurate. I think most people are really selfish and would much rather look out for themselves than look out for others. I am absolutely not saying that everyone is like that, but as you said empathy and caring for others is kind of a natural sense, I feel like we have a stronger sense of selfishness and self-preservation.
    I find it interesting in your next paragraph how you talk about people not really being self-sustaining and how all people need a little help from others at some point. It reminds me of a song from one of my favorite bands Jack’s Mannequin called “No Man is an Island,” in which he sings about man not being able to live without the one he loves. This totally connects here. Although, I do think there’s an argument to be made about the possibility of man being able to be an island… although I’m not sure I believe it enough to actually make it.

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    1. carolinasouza says:

      I have faith in the good in people, but it can’t be brought out if we encourage the idea that we’re inclined to be selfish. We are not animals, we have more than our instincts, we have a conscious. If raised to care about others, one will care for others. No one will be inspired to raise their children on the basis of selflessness if we continue to spread the idea that no matter what, society will mostly remain selfish.

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