Often we look back to the past and at issues like slavery and we think I wouldn't have let that happen. I would have stood up and made a difference. I would have been the Harriet Tubman to run the Underground Railroad.
But would we have been?
I've heard people say something along these lines often: "If you're not willing to stand up for today's social injustices, what makes you think that you would have stood up for the issues in the past?"
I have to admit that it's a poignant question. If we're not making a difference today, why on earth would we think we would've done so in the past.
There are several atrocious social injustices today: sexual trafficking, the myths of the rape culture, domestic violence and assault, children starving, a large population of illiterate adults, and so on.
People need our help today. People that live in our backyards need our help today.
If we're willing to condemn the past for their mistakes, we should be willing to step up to help with the issues of today.
There are so many ways to get involved. Where I live, there are organizations to help with each one of these issues.
If we want to start making our world a better place, then we need to stand up and make a difference.
Yes, our contribution might not change the world, but I like what Mother Teresa has to say.