Why is it that we humans, as a whole, have the inability to control our emotions? Most of the time we are able to suppress our sympathies and concerns, that is, if they are related to other people. But when we are directly affected by the situation, it suddenly becomes a problem that we simply cannot avoid. Is it because we are self-centered creatures who only care for ourselves? Or is it because if we don’t emotionally ignore the problems of others, our primal nature to survive would be disturbed? If we were to get upset or depressed over every single thing that happened to another person, we most likely wouldn’t be able to go on in life and would live in a rather unstable way. At least, that’s how I feel.
However, I do not believe that it is a good thing to ignore the problems of others. What is more important than our primal nature to survive is our compassion for others. This is not a world created for only the fittest to survive. We’re meant to help others who are lagging in their lives, not kick them down and rise up to the top. That is not to say that we should not strive to be the best we can be. But say if in order to be the best, you have to sabotage others and use underhanded means. You would ultimately lose your dignity. Honestly, I can’t really see how that isn’t the same as ignoring your fellow companions in order to accomplish your goals. In doing that, you would be going against your conscience and would ultimately lose yourself in your greed and ambitions.
Sometimes I like to joke around with my friend, saying that I’d rather ignore her when she needs help with school in order to accomplish my goals. Sometimes I mean it. But in the end, I always try to help her so long as I’m not incredibly occupied myself.
If you’re having a bad day or you’re busy, you don’t need to go out of your way to help another person with their needs (although if it’s incredibly important, it’d be the best decision to help them or at least redirect them to another source of aid). However, at least try to do so every once in a while, or whenever possible. When you succeed in helping another person, there’s just an amazing sensation that you get. You feel accomplished and happy that you could be of use to them.
The only thing I ask is that you care for your friends or even for people whom you aren’t acquainted with. Don’t consume yourself in your everyday life, stuck in the same rut, not helping anyone and just keeping to yourself. It’s a lonely life doing that. If you don’t already, someday you’ll feel the happiness in giving yourself up to your compassion and love for others. It may sound corny, but I still do believe it’s true.
P.S. Yes, this blog post was incredibly similar to my previous one. However, with the problems going on this week, I felt that the return of this topic was rather appropriate.