When’s the last time you hung out in the ghetto or visited a drug rehab center? When’s the last time you sat on crates in a poor man’s house to have dinner or sat down with a boy who’s been abused? When’s the last time you visited a war-torn country or watched an innocent person die?
A person’s perception of the world is based solely upon what they surround themselves with.
Most people only surround themselves with whatever is comfortable for them. Once they place a toe outside of their comfort zone they scurry back to the safety of their home. They shield their minds from what they’ve seen, until the memories are nothing but a blur.
They allow information to penetrate them, but as soon as they start to “feel”, they flip the switch. They avoid the news like the plague. They turn away from sad images and close their ears to tragic stories. They like to pretend that the affairs of the world are nothing more than what they can see in their own backyard.
Their perception of the world allows them to play with their kids, walk their dogs, go to work and enjoy vacations without a second thought. Their perception causes them to breathe easy and to stay happy.
Then suddenly, something is thrown into their line of sight that they didn’t expect.
War comes to them. Their teen becomes an addict. Their friend is killed. A shooter enters their child’s classroom. A tragic story is played on the news, seen on social media or overheard at a restaurant.
All of a sudden their perception isn’t so comfortable. The world that they have worked so hard to avoid has made itself known. They can no longer deny that people are hurting and suffering all around them. They can no longer force their feelings down. They are consumed with sadness, anger and questions of why. They develop a sense of urgency around the need for change.
They got uncomfortable.
Maybe if they wouldn’t have waited for the problem to come to their own backyard before realizing the need for change, then it wouldn’t have come at all. Instead of burying our heads in the sand and enjoying the confines of our own home, we need to look outside and see the world for what it is and for what it’s becoming. See the pain, the division and the decomposing nature of society.
Let the news stir you. Allow yourself to feel, even when it hurts. Get uncomfortable. Only then will change happen.
Inspired by recent events and this post. Although I respect her opinion, I’m one of the few who disagree.