Social media has provided a great platform for spreading information and raising awareness. We are so much more aware now about global issues and we raise our voice for them. We make posts supporting different organizations and campaigns to spread awareness to our friends and family. But is it enough?
The answer is no. Spreading awareness is incredibly important because otherwise how are people supposed to know about what problems we are facing in the world? But it cannot end there! Sharing a post on Facebook is great but that sense of accomplishment you feel afterwards is fake. To truly make a difference you actually have to go out there and help out yourself. Now, it can be hard to do that. I mean you have your responsibilities here. Your studies, your job, your friends and family are all here and you can’t just go and leave! But if you truly care about our planet and the people on this earth, which everyone should, you can take the time. Go abroad and do a social project, get your hands dirty and help people out. I guarantee that the sense of accomplishment you will feel afterwards is nothing compared to sharing that one video on Facebook.
Tiffany Madison said “If we don’t fight for what we ‘stand for’ with our passionate words and honest actions, do we really ‘stand’ for anything?” Now most of us live in this bubble where everything is great. You might have some minor problems, which is just part of life, but there are people out there who are genuinely suffering. Your phone screen shattering or your significant other ending your relationship are nothing compared to people who are stricken with poverty or trying to survive in a war zone. And because we are so privileged, it’s even more important for us to be aware of current issues and to share that privilege with those who were not as lucky to receive it.
If we want to truly see a better world in the future, we have to do something about it. We cannot hope that someone else will take care of it. We cannot think that the problems will just go away. That’s just not how the world works. Imagine if everyone thinks like that! Nothing will ever be done. So it is up to each and every one of us to get off the couch and actually do something.
It was Mark Twain who said “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
So what’s it gonna be? Are you going to continue your life as before and just ignore the millions of people in need all around the world? Are you going to continue to share Facebook posts and feel content with yourself? Or are you going to go out there and make a change?
If it’s the latter, you can look through our Opportunities Portal, see which issues you are passionate about and do something about them!