I want to care. How to help?

RE: “I understand. I really do. It’s very easy to be dismissive of problems when their biggest effect on your life, is on your Facebook newsfeed. Please don’t.
-Timothy’s thought provoking Facebook post

I WANT to care more, but i can’t pretend to. Sure i can feel a weight in my stomach when i learn of an injustice, but i won’t post useless Facebook sentiments. [Hell, i couldn’t even pretend to care when Prince died.]

HOW to actually care more when it doesn’t directly affect me? I’m asking this genuinely. Am i just another selfish brick in the massive problem wall hindering social advancement? How to ACTUALLY help?

Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world”, or at least that’s the meme version of his words. I don’t know what else to do other than try to minimize the distress i cause others and abide by values i am learning to stand for in my own personal life.

But how to impact the world on a grander scale? I don’t have money to contribute. I don’t have the freedom to run away with the red cross, nor could I honestly say I’d be brave enough to even want to.

I do admire those who sacrifice and selflessly serve, so maybe the key is to be their support? If I am unable to feel more directly inspired, perhaps supporting them would still be a valuable contribution, albeit indirect?

-Radhika Ramana

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