Imagine a family needs to walk across a river in order to get to the other side, and there is no bridge. Among the family members is five year old child. The water is up to her chin and her swimming skills are poor. What would happen in this scenario? Probably the mom, dad or a strong older sibling would pick her up and carry her, so that the whole family could make it to the other side together, alive.
Now extrapolate this story to the entire human race. We are all trying to survive in this world, but among us are some people who are struggling to make it across that virtual river of life. They may have been born poor and disadvantaged, or have suffered a debilitating injury or illness. Whatever the reason, who’s responsible for making sure we all make it as best we can, this human family of ours?
There seem to be different philosophies about this.
1. “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps”
This is the attitude which says, “I cannot recognize drowning when I see it, or I do not care.”
2. “Only help your own family and friends”
These folks seem to be saying, “I will only help people who I personally know, like and care about.”
3. “Help everyone”
This is the philosophy of those who see that we are all connected, who understand that if the left hand is bleeding, the right hand should put a bandage on it, or the whole body will suffer the consequences.
Have you considered where you stand and why?