While I was at work today something happened. A co-worker got tragic news that his brother suddenly died this morning. Of course, I had to make sure he was dead dead, and he was. So some other co-workers started seeing if people would donate money so that he could take off work to handle his business. At first I thought to myself, I can’t. Solely because I knew I needed that money later on. Then I had a song pop into my head as I walked around for a few more minutes. It was Kendrick Lamar’s- how much a dollar really cost.That song kept piercing my heart, and eventually I gave my last 4 dollars to the man, I know it wasn’t much, but I hoped it would help.
It’s strange, everyone says they want to help, and that they wish they could find a way, but when that opportunity comes we don’t take it because it’s not convenient to us. I know this, because I was almost that person today. The message in that song stuck out to me, people need help and if we just reach out and provide it, we don’t know how we’re changing their lives.
Most people want to help those that they believe would help them if they were in need. The problem is that we don’t trust other’s intentions so it’s hard for one person to break the ice and help. I understand that, you don’t want your money to go to waste because you needed it. You want them to use it for what they said they would so you can get a sense of accomplishment. By showing empathy towards another human being you have already accomplished more than a lot of people. Being empathetic and understanding a struggle is something that we are beginning to lose as humans, and we need to get it back.
It’s that type of empathy that helps someone in need. It helps the single mother or father who just needs a break on rent, it helps that person who just needs 5 dollars to possibly change their life. I know that’s a lot harder said than done. Because a lot of people will take advantage of a good person. My professor said something to me that I have carried with my through my life “I’m going to believe you, until you give me a reason not to.” Most people would call that naive, he called it being a human. You might not be able to help directly, but pointing someone in the right direction is huge as well. It all comes back around to, understand a struggle, whether that struggle is lied about or not.
It was a mix of my co-worker’s brother dying, and Kendrick Lamar’s- How much a dollar cost, that made me have this revelation. We need to show empathy, so that we can grow and evolve as people.
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