We all have had times in our lives where we have wondered if there is actually any point to our existence. The more pessimistic and nihilistic ones reach the conclusion that human life is most likely a fluke of science and there is no specific reason for it. However, the optimists and even the realists prefer to look at their lives as a way to help others and improve the general condition of their surroundings. In fact, they believe that to make the world a better place is the purpose of their lives.
To help such enlightened souls, we have made a list of the easiest ways through which you can contribute to making the world a better place:
If there is one thing you can do to improve things, it is to listen to people. Don’t assume, don’t judge, don’t guess…just listen. It is a sad reality that most of us think we have the right to be heard, but we don’t understand that we have a responsibility to listen to the point-of-view of others too.
Listening to others not only increases your knowledge but also makes you more empathetic towards them. Honestly, the majority of our problems can be solved if we just hear the other side out. After all, there is a reason why we have two ears and one mouth- so that we can talk less and listen more!
The volunteering culture in Pakistan is not as vibrant as it is in most Western countries, which is why there is a dearth of volunteers in most NGOs and social service projects. You can always lend a helping hand at your local Edhi home, SOS village or old age home or you could easily offer to help out any lesser known social workers, such as your own friends or relatives, who are trying to run social welfare campaigns. Organizations like The Citizen’s Foundation and SIUT also have effective volunteer and internship programs.
If nothing else, you can teach your domestic staff’s kids in your free time. Helping those less fortunate than you will not only earn you bonus sawaab/karma points (based on your religious beliefs) but is also a good stress-busting technique. And it shouldn’t be limited to humans only, you could even offer to help out local NGOs who are working on saving animals!
3- Conserve Energy and Resources
As the famous proverb goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Keep in mind the Three Rs : Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. For most people, buying a new dress every now and then may not be a big deal. For some on the other hand, it requires a Herculean effort. So, next time you think about disposing your apparel, consider the needs of those around you.
Also, resources like water and electricity are not only costly but also in dire need of conservation, specially in our country. So be careful when you are using them and try your best not to waste them.
4- Take Ownership
Sometimes, even the most responsible people end up blaming others for their own mistakes. This is not a healthy attitude at all. Instead, we should take ownership of our actions and our surroundings. Doing this will result in a more proactive approach towards life. This can range from anything like planting a tree to organizing a cleanliness drive, taking part in social issues etc. Remember, it is better to light a candle than to keep complaining about the darkness.
5- If You Can’t Improve the world, Don’t Ruin It Either
A lot of us have got this mentality where we think, “Oh well, XYZ does this (wrong thing) all the time. So what if I do it just once?”
No. It is thanks to these XYZs that the world is in the pathetic state it is these days. Frankly, the world needs as many more XYZs as Donald Trump needs another fake tan session: NONE AT ALL! So the rule is that if you’re not able bring any positive changes, just don’t bring any negative ones either. The world in general will thank you for it.