Do What You Can For Who You Can – #LetThemStay
This has been on my mind for a few days, I’m not sure I’m going to express this quite right, because I’m super passionate about this, but I also genuinely want to encourage people to give some thought to this and generally “gently gently” works a bit better than shouting at people…
But I cannot comprehend the attitude of people who say “Don’t help asylum seekers, help our own people first!”
Firstly “own people”; isn’t that an uncomfortable thought? I understand helping and supporting the people who are actually closest to you personally – friends, family, neighbours – but deciding that one life is worth more than another purely based on their place of birth…. isn’t that just skin crawlingly unsettling?
That aside, if you believe it’s more important to support homeless Australians or pensioners, or veterans, or whoever else… just a thought… but wouldn’t it be more helpful to actually go and help them, rather than telling other people not to help someone else?
There is not a finite amount of compassion in this world.
It’s not like if people care about baby Asha that means they can’t care about babies born in Australia (oh, but, wait, small side note, Asha was born in Australia. So, there’s also that. )
When it comes down to people caring about something – compassion is not finite. Actually, the more there is – the more there will be. Compassion is inspiring. It brings people together. It encourages people to do more.
So if everyone just does what they can, for who they can, then wouldn’t the world be a better place? In all ways. There are always people, and causes, who need help and there are always people who are capable of helping in some way. Pay it forward and all that jazz.
Also people caring about vast ranges of different things is really a good thing. My own Facebook newsfeed is a constant stream of different causes; from protesting gas fields to supporting the Safe Schools Coalition to closing puppy farms to marriage equality to informed consent with birthing to calling for George Pell to return to Australia.
This is great. Because people can care, support, fight, donate to, promote, and share more than one issue – but no one person can do everything all at the same time.
So when I see all these diverse issues I think; excellent, other people are doing good over there, so I can focus on doing good here.
Even if we’re not working for the same thing; we’re all on the same side. The side of compassion. The side of helping others. The side of doing what we can for who we can.
It doesn’t help anyone to fight about who to is more important, and say “Don’t help those people, because they’re not from around here.” That attitude doesn’t breed compassion; it’s actively trying to prevent it.
So, if there’s something that worries you, or that you’re passionate about, that is within your capacity to help in some way – do that thing. Help those people, or support that cause, because as Catherine Deveny says: