Dealing with a variety of people on a daily basis has led me to believe that there are way more good people in the world than bad.
There are more people with sympathy for the hungry than there are who simply don’t care. There are more people who believe in equality than there are racists, homophobes and sexists.
There are few among us who don’t feel saddened by the injustice and suffering of the people around us. So why, then, does it so often feel that the evil minority are the ones governing our world?
A simple answer might be that so many people who truly want to make the world a better place, feel that they are not wealthy enough to do so.
There are countless organisations fighting against the wrongs done to our planet and humanity, and many of us wish we could write them a big fat cheque to increase the aid given to the poor and the vulnerable. However, it seems like a noble, yet unrealistic idea when you yourself are faced with a lack of money and time.
You can (and should) help the world and the human race, even if you can’t (yet) donate financially. Here is how:
Part 1: Charity starts at home.
We’ve all heard that charity starts at home, but do you practice this? Take a look at the corrupt organisations, dictators, politicians and criminals who are responsible for heartache and suffering. Did they sacrifice their own wellbeing for the sake of their cause? No, they mostly take pretty good care of themselves.
In your case you will not better yourself at the expense of others, but rather better yourself for the sake of others.
These are just some things you need to do for yourself in order to help good trump evil in this world:
Take a good look at yourself and your close family. Is anyone in your household struggling with some form of addiction?
Alcohol, drugs, gambling? Addiction has an enormous effect on crime, job loss and social issues like domestic violence. By getting help and beating addiction you will be more equipped to help others and make a positive contribution to the world.
Are you making ends meet?
You do not have to live in a mansion and drive a R1 million car before you can start fighting the good fight, but having unhealthy debt and borrowing from sketchy sources does not help anyone.
Ensuring that you can make it through the month and fulfil all your obligations will put you in a better position to help others.
If consumers struggle to pay their debt on time, it means that businesses suffer. The struggles of businesses can lead to job losses, and this in turn affects poverty, crime and other social problems.
Take care of education
Your child can grow up to become a doctor, nurse, police officer, teacher, veterinarian, scientist or engineer. Ensuring that your child gets a decent education early on might be the greatest gift you can gift humanity.
And what about your own education? If we want the world to change, we are going to need knowledge on our side. Enhancing your education will not only benefit yourself, it will also help you to spread knowledge in areas where it is much needed.
Clean up your front yard
Again, having expensive plants in your private park does not benefit society. However, garbage piling up on your doorstep might be costing your neighbourhood.
If investors who are looking to open new businesses drive through your neighbourhood, do you think they will be inspired to bring jobs to your community? If all they see are papers wrapping around knee-high weeds, then the answer is probably no.
Take a broom or rake every now and again and clean up! If you have the means and the space, why not plant a tree? The world always needs more trees!
Now you are ready to start spreading your acts of kindness. Click here for Part 2 and 3: Branch out.