Our Obligations to Others

Those reading this were likely raised here in the United States. Despite this nation’s many flaws and the unpredictable behavior of its residents, it is still safe to say we were lucky to have grown up here. Considering there’s nearly a billion people who can’t eat every day, while we have access to snacks and partake in at least three meals during each 24-hour period, we’ve got it pretty good.

When asked, many of us would likely acknowledge how fortunate we’ve been, even though we secretly live our days wishing circumstances would change and complain about unimportant or trivial matters. We think that people do believe in, and are grateful for the opportunities they’ve been given–even if they could be better. Unfortunately, people seem to lose sight of their good fortune for a variety of reasons that we won’t cover today.

But if the truth be told, we’re not just lucky, we’re spoiled and have far too much.

Food, water, shelter and clothing are almost universally considered to be basic necessities no human should go without, yet there are far too many that do. The majority of items outside this basic list are arguably excessive but obtaining and keeping these items has become commonplace in our society, which we believe hinders our ability to assist others to the fullest.

The mindset of the American people needs an overhaul. We’d never tell our readers not to enjoy the benefits our circumstances offer but would like to encourage others to start being mindful of those less fortunate, and maybe, learn to live without some things. If our entire society were to embrace the idea of having less, we could probably solve some of the issues other areas are facing.

The United States is viewed as a Christian nation but sometimes it’s difficult to see that. Many demonize and label the poor as “lazy” while simultaneously turning a blind eye to other nations or peoples in need. We know these problems exist, yet we continue to consume (and waste) more food than what is needed to sustain us and purchase products to excess–sadly, us here are guilty of it as well but are trying to get better.

We think that Jesus would’ve forgone worldly possessions while taking and using what is needed so that others can have the basics. It is probably too late for our society to live a simpler life, but he would’ve at least wanted us to have less so that we could help those with nearly nothing. More than likely, he also would’ve asked us to do what’s best for others instead of thinking for ourselves, especially since selfishness has become a popular trend in today’s world. Lastly, he’d probably be upset about the greed, gluttony, and our willingness to ignore the poverty and hunger a lot of the world is facing.

Regardless of the political or social ideologies you follow, the majority of us want to create and live in a better world. We think our ideas above could be a step in the right direction. Both greed and desperate need are the root causes for our world’s problems. We eliminate people’s need for things, we have the potential to eliminate crime and other negative actions people take in the name of survival. We learn to live within our means, we make sure no one goes without, this creating an ideal world.

It is because of our blessings and the accomplishments of those in our society that make us obligated to share with the world. Morally speaking, until everyone has what they need, no one should live in excess.

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