This I Believe: The Humility of Privilege

I wake up early in the morning to the sound of Fox News telling me of current events in the United States, and then I check CNN to hear about the world news. To me, it’s important to understand what is happening in the world, even if it is depressing and sad and makes me want to cry.

Recently,I saw a video clip of a starving polar bear wandering around for food to no avail. Skin and bones, barely an ice, a huge indicator of the results of human consumption and global warming. If I didn’t watch the video, my day would have felt a lot better. Isn’t ignorance bliss?
In recent weeks, everything I see on the news is disturbing to me. There are so many wars, murders, rapes, deaths, accusations, and uproars. I see images of children dying of starvation in Yemen, photos of young victims of the shooting in the church and photos of bombings in other countries. It makes me angry that our world can’t be peaceful, and it feels like there isn’t anything that I can do except watch the world crumble around me.  I am fortunate to sleep in a bed every night and go to school in the morning, but many people are fighting for their lives on the other side of the world. While I’m angry about a bad test in math class, some people are killed for trying to receive an education halfway around the world. And while I am upset at my body, many people are starving of hunger.
It’s so shameful for me to admit that I almost never think about how other people or animals live in horrible conditions.  Despite watching the news everyday, I return to my normal life and complain about things people would love to have to complain about.

I am in love with our planet. I love nature, I love animals, and I love human beings. I wish that we could all get along in order to help change the world to make it more peaceful. Globally, there has to be some sort of consensus on world peace. And it starts with being aware of what is happening around the world.

This is why I believe that everyone should become more involved in politics and news around them. It’s important to hear everyone’s side before making a rash judgment of character. So although ignorance is bliss, knowledge is power and in order for people to get along, we need to recognize our own flaws and see the devastations around the world and gain empathy.


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