The Most Dangerous Foe is Apathy

We live in very fast paced times. Many people have ambition, want to get a successful job and make lots of money. But we forget that life doesn’t just revolve around us. There are over 7 billion people on this planet and the number is rising. It’s important to follow our dreams and to find our passion but it’s also important to take some time to actually go out there and help the people that aren’t as fortunate and privileged as some of us are.

Now, I know what you’ll say. “I am donating money every month to different charities. Aren’t I doing enough already?” Yes. Giving money is great. It can help a lot, even if it’s just a small amount. But it doesn’t compare to actually going out there, seeing the issues face to face, and lending a helping hand.

Not only will your contribution mean a lot to the people you are helping, you might discover more about yourself in the process.

It was William Osler who said: “By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy – indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction.”

It is not that we don’t know about certain issues of the world. With all the information and communication technologies that are available, getting news is easier than it has ever been before. Many just simply don’t care, or have the mindset that someone else will take care of it. But this is not the case. We all call the same planet home and we all deserve to have the same resources and possibilities to do whatever it is that our heart desires.

Some of you might think: “Hey, it’s not that I don’t care, or that I don’t know, but I just don’t know how to help!”

If you are one of those people, then you have stumbled upon the right article.

In AIESEC we believe that everyone can help others, no matter your age. We as young people hold a lot of power and we can make a huge change. If you want to give back to our society and help people in need, then Global Volunteer right for you. Go to different countries and tackle the issues that the people are currently facing there, by contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Take an Action Now! Volunteer Abroad.

Find more information about Global Volunteer here: www.aiesec.at/volunteer

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