Or is it? If you see the world through my eyes, the end is here. Or at least, the end of humanity and mankind is. We no longer cherish life, or the people around us, not even animals, or nature, or this earth. We have all drowned in our selfishness so much, that we have become indifferent to what is happening around us. War, genocide, abuse, mass murder, rape, animal cruelty, gluttony, bullying, greed, waste – it has all become something “normal”, something that happens everyday, something that we watch or read about in the News, yet don’t give a second thought on.
As long as it is not happening to me, why should I waste my time thinking about it, worrying about it, trying to do something about it? I am a normal person leading a normal life, what can I do anyway? What difference can one man make anyway? – Such is the attitude of us, and I say us, because I am no different either, and it is a pity, a shame. We say, “I heard about the school children shooting in Connecticut, it is awful.” “I heard about the gang rape in Delhi, how terrible.” And that is about it. We simply ponder over it for half a second, and then move on with our lives. But no one stops to wonder, where has the humanity disappeared? No one stops to think, why do people commit such deeds? No one says, I should try to do something about it. And why would we? After all, we are no saints. We can’t just give up the normalcy of our lives and set on an almost impossible task of righting the wrongs in this world.
Yet, it is us who let it get to this point. It is us who cause the wrongs in the world. It is us who have made the task of righting the wrongs impossible. And now, perhaps it is too late to do anything about it. Perhaps, this is it. Perhaps the brink of the end of humanity, of compassion, of love, of care, of empathy, of sympathy, of standing up and doing something, has been reached.
Nevertheless, one shouldn’t stop hoping. If you still believe that maybe the world hasn’t been sucked into darkness yet, that maybe there is still a chance of saving what little of humanity is left among us, hold on to that belief. Don’t give in, and don’t just wonder, do something about it. A small act of kindness, such as even stopping a human, if you see one, from abusing a fellow human, may not seem to make much of a difference, but it does make the smallest of differences. Or if nothing, at least try to be a better human, and maybe, just maybe, your goodness may inspire others to reach into and bring back their own humanity. A million small acts like that, a billion people tapping back into their humanity, and we may just save this world.
I’ll consider this my new beginning – I’ll try to be a better human from today. Will you?