Open up June 24, 2009
Once upon a time it took a lot of effort to make me reconsider the level of intellect in America but now it’s a regular occurance. As I work on the job, interacting with people for hours at a time I have come to think that people are naturally ignorant and would prefer to know nothing and live their lives comfortably than to make the tiny changes required for others to live at the same level.Take for example, San Jose. In this area alone there are over 405,000 people making what’s said to be making ”the highest median household income of any city with a population over 300,000″(http://www.simplyhired.com/a/local-jobs/city/l-San+Jose,+CA) and yet there are still at least 4,500 children living below the level of poverty.
We lock ourselves up in our lives, sometimes causing excess drama just to avoid realizing that there are people out there who have it far worse and that we can help. It’s daunting to realize that there are so many people and animals in need out there, that we ourselves, are just the tip of the iceberg and yet, it’s true. We need to embrace the facts and not only that, we need to embrace the simple truth that we can help.
In this world there are 6,706,993,152 ( as declared by the CIA government library in July of 2008) and of those 6,706,993,152 people 1.1 billion live in poverty. But we’re not just talking about foreign third-world countries as of 2002 an estimated 32.3 million people in the United States lived below the government poverty level. That’s only 7 years ago and with the economy being what it is today; that number has increased.
Besides living out our own lives, some of these people need help to live out theirs and that’s where we come in. It’s our responsibility, so long as we’re all living the same country; no, so long as we’re all living on the same planet, to take care of each other. Now that doesn’t mean we just dish out our money, if you’re a teenager schedule an event. This thursday, the 25th of June my friends and I are throwing an event I dubbed Peanut Butter Jelly Time at Calabazas park in San Jose, CA. We don’t have a lot of money but we are able to buy supplies and get the high schoolers to help us make bagged lunches for an organization called InnVoice which houses homeless single mothers. So money or time, it’s our responsibility to help out. If you were in need wouldn’t you want a helping hand? Wouldn’t you love to have a world where that help was kindly offerred, no questions asked but supplied in such a way that it was not overly taken advantage of but that it also helped the economy? All I’m saying is take your mind off your own life and how awful it is and think about the people that are suffering more than you. It could keep you level headed and in the long run even make you happy for taking the time to help others.