In our recent efforts to help Mr. Mayo’s class raise awareness about the genocide occurring in Darfur, we’ve run into an interesting idea that we can’t quite come to resolution about: Just what responsibility does the US have to the rest of the world and are we selfish when we don’t do more to help other nations who are struggling.
Here are Drama Queen’s thoughts on that topic:
People always say, “The USA is so lazy and selfish. They care nothing about the rest of the world and their problems. They always worry about their own problems.” It happens every time the US tries not to get involved in world affairs like Darfur.
It is all very well to say “Oh, wow! We should be extremely worried about Darfur, we are being too selfish!” while you’re sitting at home on your computer. But think, if it weren’t for your parents worrying about money, taxes, bills, etc. you wouldn’t have a computer.
Here is something else to think about:
If you had a list of priorities, what would be at the top? I know that "survival" would definitely be at the top of mine. But what do I, or my parents, have to do to survive? Don’t they have to pay taxes, bills, work, and earn money for me to live well?
You may not have to worry about these things yet, but believe me, these are the things that are letting you live a good life. I would definitely want to live well myself before caring about anyone else’s well being, wouldn’t you? Or would you rather be uncared for and instead care for others? You wouldn’t be doing anyone a whole lot of good to anyone if you weren’t well and alive. If you would like to keep yourself well and alive, then you can officially call yourself “selfish.”
But then, aren’t we all a little selfish?
I am not saying that we shouldn’t care about Darfur, because the genocide that is happening there is heartbreaking and cruel and I believe should come to an end.
But then again, I am not going to say that average Americans are selfish by caring for ourselves first. Again, it is all very well to say that bad things are happening in Darfur and we are being selfish—but would you honestly and truly care about this before caring about your own health and safety?
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