By Jason Zahradnik
I remember seeing this quote by Mr. Rogers a few years ago and I absolutely loved it. I think this world needs more helpers now more than ever. Unfortunately, I think people are becoming more concerned with being entertained or with being “right.”
On March 20th, 2017 an adult, Ibn Ali, stopped a fight between two teenage boys and the video went viral. The gentleman actually ended up receiving an award. How much does this story show us how far we have fallen as a society? Now don’t get me wrong, what that gentleman did was awesome and I’m super glad he did it. What I’m sad about is the response from the country. Are the actions of this man so rare it warrants national attention? I’m afraid the answer is, Yes. When did we become more concerned about catching a Worldstar moment on our phone than helping our fellow man? When did we become entertained by watching children fighting? When did we stop teaching our kids the value of respecting everyone?
I’ve seen videos of students screaming and yelling at their teachers and some even take it so far as to assault their teachers. There’s clips of children fighting in the street while adults sit there and watch. Even worse, sometimes the adults start fighting the children. Seriously, is this what society has come to? Is this what we want to be remembered as?
Are we more concerned with winning the battle while we end up losing the war? What I mean is are we more concerned about looking weak than being weak? You see, the truly strong and brave ones aren’t concerned with who looks tough, but who IS tough. They don’t care about who is right, but what is right. True strength is controlling your emotions. True strength is giving respect when none has been earned. True strength is standing up for the weak. True bravery is stepping into a situation to help someone else.
Generally, this small act, helping, doesn’t cost you anything. Yet, this small act can be life-changing for the person you help. When we are brave enough to help we show those we are helping they are valuable. We show them they are worthy of love, kindness, and compassion.
From time to time, we hear stories of people jumping into action to save someone else. We call these people heroes. Yet, the recurring theme in the responses from these people is “I just did what anyone else would do.” I want to live in a world where this is the norm. People helping people. Actions like the ones taken by Ibn Ali should be such a normal occurrence we don’t think much of it. Not because it isn’t awe-inspiring, but because it becomes who we are as a society.
Let’s be remembered as helpers.