Whenever an unbelievably horrific event occurs, like the killing of seventeen high school students or another equally heart-wrenching loss of life takes place, we instinctively demand that “Someone has to do something!”
Our reaction is now a formula. We turn to social media and tune in to channels that channel our rage at the situation. This makes us somehow feel that we are accomplishing something positive.
However, in reality we are not. Instead of contributing to a more polarizing atmosphere, why don’t we make a different choice?
Why don’t we each look inside our self to answer the cries of “Someone has to do something!” Instead of calling for legislation that will not change anything, why not pledge to find a personal way to help ease a pain that is festering in our society?
As helpless as we might feel, we should tell that voice that says you won’t make a difference to hush, and proceed to make a difference. No matter how small the something, do something to help another person today.
We all understand how small things can make a big difference. Recall the times in your own life when a kind word or action from someone had a positive impact.
In our ”modern” world there is a steady stream of chatter, but are we really hearing any of it? It is drowning us. It isn’t bring us closer. It is isolating us.
Treat others as you would like to be treated. Is that concept too old-fashioned? Or maybe, it’s the answer to “Someone must do something!” Just maybe that someone that must do something is you.
Reaching out to others and helping someone in need on an individual basis will exponentially change society for the better. That idea is not new. It is an old idea that has been steadily getting buried by all the rage at everything we feel helpless to solve.
The hyper focus on certain stories and narratives at the exclusion of other important stories is blinding us. Kindness, doesn’t sell these days you might say ‒ to that I say, we are the consumers. We should boycott those that are selling rage at everything.
Let’s turn down the volume on the collective noise and direct attention to making individual connections. Let’s start with something simple, like being kinder to each other. That is something “someone” can do immediately. That someone is ME and YOU.
Diana Erbio is a freelance writer and author of “Coming to America: A Girl Struggles to Find her Way in a New World”. Read her new blog series “Statues: The People They Salute” and visit the Facebook Page.