Saturday, August 1, 2009

What does it take to awake compassion in us?
"Médecins Sans Frontières is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters."
These men and women have no political affiliation, they do not seek self-serving publicity, book deals, a reality series... fame and fortune. Just for a little while, they will give themselves completely for the unfortunate regardless of race, religion or gender.

Today 2 children are born. Just because of circumstances one will live a life of plenty, and the other a life of struggle; the first one born in the suburbs of New York's manicured lawn and 2 car garage housing community, the other in a village of Sudan. Most of us never even heard of Sudan until Darfur! Yet there, there is a mother watching over her child wondering how she will keep him safe from harm, starvation, and disease.
We are so desensitized to poverty, famine, epidemic, and violence. We are bombarded with them in our movies, shows, and games that it all may seem unreal when we see them in the news.
During Bosnia and Rwanda's genocides while hundred of thousand were been massacred, what were we doing? Following the fascinating saga of President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
It is natural to feel helpless with so much misery and injustice. Where to Start? What can one person do?
We do not have to travel to Sundan or Chad, to find misery and injustice; we do not have to sacrifice our comfort either to make a difference, and we do not have to be a Saint like Mother Theresa to do the right thing. Let's begin by skipping a $5 dollar Starbucks Frapuccino or a $7 dollars Burger meal a week, would you miss it?
Know that those little things that you are skipping here or there and donating to an organization of your choice will make a difference. Pick a cause and be its champion. No money? Volunteer an hour or two a week to your local organization. There will be no Nobel Price, but life would have so much more meaning. You could honestly then say "this is why I was born."
So Get up, look around, someone is waiting for you!

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