I have written about a lot of things during my past two years as World News editor and even before that when I first joined as a staff writer my freshman year. I have had the privilege of covering many important news topics that you do not get to write about on a daily basis. This ranged from earlier in my writing career when I covered the death of Osama bin Laden, to the entire craziness of the 2012 United States presidential election and so on. Believe me, it’s been quite a ride. But this time I find myself wishing to talk about something a little different.
If there is one thing I had drilled into my brain over and over again at John Carroll, it has been the Jesuit mission of service and the need to help others. Personally, this did not really begin to flow through my brain until about a year ago, but now I find myself constantly thinking about this. If you are beginning to wonder where I am going with this, I will just let you know that I am not intending on going off to do work in a third world country, at least not right away. But I am talking about how this does relate to the way the world works and what our generation can do about it.
I would like to take the time to make a plea to ask my generation and future generations to try to bring back something that I believe much of the world has lost sight of in the last 20 years: the human element. This applies to many areas such as technology, business, law and order, global events and so forth. The way I have been taught and am beginning to see, we, as people, have become increasingly polarized.
We would like to instantly shoot down this notion by pointing out that we do not go to war with foreign nations or commit as much violent crime as we used to, and this argument is worth some merit. But then again during this so called enlightened age, we still saw Putin’s Russian army roll through both Georgia and Crimea, so some of the old still exists today. Meanwhile, we see powerful corporations abuse their employees with brutal hours and lower wages.
Make no mistake: my political views have not changed overnight. I am still a staunch capitalist who views Marxism as nothing more than a bad acid trip (not that I would know what that is like), who has grown increasingly libertarian on a number of matters over the last nine months. Yes, I want and plan to make a lot of money in whatever I enjoy doing, and everyone who wants to do the same should be allowed to. But what is the point of this if it is not beneficial to others as well as yourself? I will take no pleasure in selling or eliminating jobs of others in my company unless it is absolutely necessary for business, not because it will put a little more change in my pocket. There was a time when many Americans held this view, now it seems to be dwindling.
Many of you reading this will probably think I am being naïve or have lost it. The way things stand now, that is probably true. But that is only because we as a people have accepted this as a norm. But if there is one thing history has showed us, it is that norms can be changed.
Therefore, I ask all of you to make our generation the one that remembered our fellow human beings. If we can do this, success will still be there for us, only at a much better cost.