- Posted September 1, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Election 2012: Your stories
A ‘Simple’ Plea for Humanity
Our society today has lost its sense of inquisitiveness and jumps too quickly to conclusions without having all senses alert. This practice has proliferated and has been spurred by society’s insatiable appetite for results and satisfaction in a manner that defies time. Having a heart for understanding others is critical as a citizen because many issues that a citizen faces can be shared by others, therefore becoming a public matter, or social issue.
The world has experienced more international travel, commerce and communication than ever before. Yet most are totally unaware of the many similarities that bind us together. What are always highlighted are the misconceptions, prejudices and politics. World peace, indeed world survival, depends on educated citizens.
There needs to be a commitment to provide students with worlds of experience that creates individuals who are able to separate fact from myth and for whom indifference equates to irresponsibility. What we don’t know about other cultures and other nations will hurt us—knowledge is power. Our social institutions are in need of revamping as record numbers of citizens are unemployed, receiving welfare checks and unable to provide for themselves and their families.
The United States is a powerhouse and harbors a host of the finest technologies in the world. However, in the midst of all this international clout, how is it that millions live in poverty and squalor? Social organizations are mentioned as a cause, but it goes further than just that. The individual is key in his own survival, we are our own masters and can shape our reality, not constantly fall victim to the whatever the flavor of the month is that is being ascribed “greedy and corrupt” qualities.
Political discourse has also shaped the wealth gap debate. The media portrays the wealthy as greedy and bereft of empathy. It is no wonder why the public has turned against the wealthy and people believe themselves to be cornered. The debate over the Bush tax cuts provides a fitting example in which this debate is at the fore. As a result, there is growing resentment between the haves and have-nots in America and abroad.
A Republican would argue that Americans all have the ability to pull themselves back up without the help of government and that the have-nots have made poor personal life choices. Democrats, on the other hand, would argue that the place of government is to redress the inequalities that the market causes.
We have the potential to save lives if we become open to a wider reality and to challenging our own conceptions. Our political system is in need of restructuring and people are not taking the time to examine all things human. This openness is becoming a rarity in society today and as a result there is a general lack of trust, in one another and in the future.