People should worry about US, not crises occurring overseas

Opinions Columnist | Electronic media junior

It is extremely hard to care about an event occurring on another continent.

Honestly, people should not care too much about crises occurring overseas. Some of these events may be driven by economic or religious reasons, emphasizing the locality of the event while eliminating the need for outside interference. There is often extensive news coverage of the affair promoting action and awareness, but there are not many people who can actually help.

Although people may watch the event transpire on various television news stations, most will never step outside their homes and physically witness any of those atrocities. With that being said, people who are not actually in or near that area of crisis are only dealing with the problem mentally.

People are less likely to care about overseas crises if they are dealing with problems of their own. In the special case of college students, they may be low on food, funds and adequate sleep. In fact, college provides thousands of young adults with enough tasks to last them a good four to five years. Students rarely stop to truly analyze such situations, and those that do are typically either doing it for genuine thoughtfulness or the need to morally satisfy themselves. The overseas crisis eventually fades from memory as a result.

In the event the crisis is seemingly out of control, people can often feel as though there is nothing they can do to help. People naturally want to help others in dire times of need. However, the same people may not possess the proper resources that would assist to completely solve the problem. These resources can include money, medicine and time. Under normal circumstances, an overseas event garnering global attention could require an incredible amount of remedies that are more difficult to obtain, rendering people useless in regards to resolving the issue.

Although people may not be able to help directly, they should definitely keep that struggle in mind. Honestly, people who are not directly affected by such crises should focus on self-improvement before attempting to assist others. Americans, for example, may never face a crisis like the one that has claimed so many lives in the Middle East. This fact could somewhat push people who are not in such harsh situations to appreciate what they have more. This newfound appreciation could also very well lead to initiatives toward self-improvement. Once local problems fall to a minimum, people may feel more confident in providing assistance elsewhere.

Overall, the lack of resources or sense of helplessness alone prompts people to avoid making international situations a priority. Although these situations are usually tragic, there is not much people could do to help without the proper resources. Religious or economic problems are unlikely to be solved by foreigners, suggesting that the solution may only arise internally. If one cannot directly aid in the healing process, simply keep the victims in prayer, thoughts and good will. Also, try making small steps toward self-improvement. After all, one cannot help others until they have helped themselves.