Be the change you want to see in the world…

In light of recent events, we have seen ourselves often questioning our duties to fellow human beings around the world. Living in the UK, in comparison to people from other countries, we live a very lavish lifestyle – food, shelter, and our basic rights are all protected. As clich as it may sound, we really DO take it for granted. This semester studying about international justice really took me by surprise. Here I was, a political philosophy student, studying about whether people around the world deserve the same access to basic commodities as we do here. Truth be told, I felt uncomfortable that this issue actually needed to be debated about. In those moments, all I found myself thinking about was dying, starving children in the third world who are being punished literally because of where they were born. I felt like I had the power to juggle their life chances in my hands, yet at the same time, I felt so powerless to actually actively help them. Our birthplace is a luxury, therefore anything we do have, isn’t really “ours”. We see poverty on the television, we hear the news, and we know the statistics…the fact of the matter is, we have become numb to it. But why should we dismiss the deaths and the poor qualities of living standards? As human beings, we have to neglect our superiority, and break down the barriers which have dictated our standards of living. We are all equal, we share the same air, and we see the same sky, therefore we all have a duty to respect everyone’s minimum of basic human rights. Being a moral agent involves you having compassion, and the ability to feel other people’s pain and instinctively want to help. As a global unit, we are moving closer together and exchanging our goods, values and cultures. Within this process, we should also transfer our duties and our helping hands to others. The biggest threat to war and conflict is the peaceful existence of people side by side. So stand in the way of these obstacles and pursue the rights of everyone, because together we’re stronger. In this temporary life, we have one chance to make a change to the world, and ultimately this will determine your future in the hereafter.