Society's Problems and My Role in Helping It

Topics: Problem solving, Decriminalization, Education Pages: 3 (1217 words) Published: October 8, 1999
Society's Problems and My Role In Helping It

Is helping solve the problems of society everyone's job, or no one's job. What role would you hope to play, based on your interests and developing skills, in the solution of one or more specific problems?

As the problems in society arise, it is the duty of every individual to ease the burden by helping to solve these problems. Too often, individuals pass off that responsibility with the hope that others will pick up the slack. The problem is that too many shrug their responsibility leaving an insurmountable degree of perils.

It is everyone's obligation to help solve the problems because everyone has a stake in society. Not enough people see the whole picture when it comes to society's problems. If something hurts the society, it hurts the individual. For example, the problem of homelessness is not just the problem of those who are without residence. Their plight effects us all. Homelessness hurts the local businessman whose customers are frightened away by the homeless man living on the corner. It hurts those who have to commute to work via public transportation and must deal with the panhandlers. It hurts those whose homes are burglarized by the homeless man looking for money to feed his family. There is no isolated problem in society and each problem has a ripple effect that eventually hurts everyone. Even if only for selfish reasons, every individual should help to solve the problems of society. A parallel that I can draw to further illustrate my point is the team play of former NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson. When asked why he is such a team player, he responded that he was a very selfish man. He wanted to win so much that he was willing to do whatever it took to succeed.

I hope that in my later life I have every opportunity to help those who need it. I try to help out as much as I can now. Due to my commitments at school, I have little spare time, but I still attempt to help. During Thanksgiving I...
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