It doesn't take a detective to find out that most people, they just don't care anymore. They are in their own little world, on their phones and they don't give a damn about anyone else, and I know this because until very recently, I was one of these people.
I always put my lack of empathy down to the antidepressants I was on. I thought it was the pills that were making me not care. But then I realized, it's not them, I just don't care as much as I used to, and I know I am not alone. And whilst I sympathize and think the things that are happening in the world are absolutely terrible, I seem to have adopted, like many people, a "sucks to be you" attitude.
People all over the world from all ways and walks of life have this attitude of "not my problem, not my business."
I do care, just not enough.
Don't get me wrong, I am not a monster, I do care, and I give to charity, and I wish I could save every single person who ever gets hurt, but when I see an injustice, I don't do anything anymore. There was a time when more of us would have fought, we would have stormed Chechnya, we would be taking on Putin, but now, we just sit back and say nothing. When I was younger, I would have taken to the streets, I would have rugby tackled Theresa May until she listened to me, but now, nothing.
Why is that? Why has the world become so blind to the horrible things going on? Is it blindness? Or is it numbness? Are people so used to terrible things happening in the world that they don't have the same impact that they used to?
And is it that people don't know how to help? Because I know I have felt that way a few times, like I really want to help, but I don't know how to.
Or is it that people simply just don't care as much anymore, that if it doesn't have an impact on their bubble, they don't want to know about it? I hope it isn't that, I really do.
The Mourning of Brazil
The best example I can find of this is Janauba and those poor children who were murdered in the most horrible way by the night watchman of their school, I won't mention his name because he doesn't deserve to be named. But this horrific act that killed what is now nine innocent little children, barely made the news in the UK. It was hardly even mentioned. If it had happened here, it would have been all over the news, but because it happened somewhere else, it barely even registered.
I know it's not everyone.
Please don't misunderstand me, I know not everyone is as heartless as I feel at times. There are the truly good people in the world. Those who, when something is wrong, they make it right, when something bad happens, they do everything in their power to help those that need it. And I want to thank those people; you make the human race better and you help fix the world. More people should be like you and make a stand to make the world a better place.
It is everyone's problem.
"It's not my problem" is such a dangerous phrase because, if you leave it long enough, it will become your problem and you will wish that you had cared more. The world is never going to be perfect, but the least we could do is stop making it worse and at least try to make it a little better. I know I am going to try from now on, I am not sure how, but I am going to try to make the world a little bit better each day, and I really hope someone else will too.