I read, or heard, or somehow picked up an idea recently. Apparently there is something in the Talmund that says that each person must think from a position that the world was an elaborate gift/creation given only for him or her. At first that seems oddly selfish, but the idea is really anything but selfish. This perspective is meant to create a sense of responsibility for making the world, this special gift, a better place so that each resident here on Earth will always strive to make a difference.
I think that’s a marvelous idea!
People can take this to mean we need to take better care of our natural resources in this world, and so trees are being planted and better sources of energy are being researched and implemented. All of that is great, because I do believe God wants us to take care of what he has given us.
He also gave us another, invaluable resource: each other, and we must learn to take care of one another better. We must stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. People are resources and we all have our place in this world. Some have strayed far from their purpose, and still others have had their purpose stolen away from them through the cruelty of those who strayed.
We need to break that cycle and begin a new one. The “pay it forward” idea is not new. If somebody does something for you, receive it as a blessing and find a way to bless the next person. If you see someone oppressed, reach out to give him or her freedom, and in turn that person will help free others.
I hate to see injustice and I feel human trafficking is just about the worst atrocity out there. Although I am not always in a position to take physical action against it, I do my best to spread the word and create awareness so that people who are in a position to take physical action can do so. You don’t have to swoop into brothels and pull out children or work in a safe house where survivors are rehabilitated to be “fighting.” Use your words as weapons and help spread the word on the injustice of human trafficking, and any other injustice out there you know about. When you do that, you are helping. You are giving back. Learn to do what you can, but don’t do nothing.