Benevolence is a necessity to all humanity

March 26, 2001

Benevolence is a necessity to all humanity

The United States is known as the wealthiest nation in the world.

We have the world's food supply within our borders. We are considered one of the most powerful nations, in terms of resources, trade, military and wealth.

Why is it, then, that we have such a high rate of people without homes?

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 750,000 people are without homes on any given night.

Over the course of year, more than 2 million Americans experience homelessness for some time.

A land of such plenty should have the capacity to provide for all of her children.

Many organizations are dedicated to aiding the cause of homelessness, but in order to effectively curb this rate, we need to work together. Does this signify a disunity among our societies? Or rather, as a direct question, are we so self-absorbed that it becomes a chore to be of assistance to our community?


People today always appear in a hurry to get to their next appointment or to make it on time to that dinner with the executives. They isolate themselves from society so they can focus on what's really important: Themselves.

Promotions in the company are indeed attractive, but at the cost of losing our compassion? Don't get me wrong; in no way am I saying that ambition is a corrupt ideal. Rather, I believe that in looking at all the smaller scenes, we lose sight of the bigger picture.

Avid church-goers, career-oriented people, government officials - we're all in this together.

Darwin's "Survival of the Fittest" theory does not apply. Benevolence is a necessity to all humanity. Without it, we would be a more primitive nation, interested only in the betterment of our person.

As a youth, I am an idealist. My vision for a more united country entails a great deal of dedication, a trait I believe to be a definite capability of any person. Though my aspirations for a better nation may not exactly be practical, I do believe that we have to start somewhere.

Not as a resolution to our problem of the increasing rate of homelessness, but rather to alleviate our situation, people need to start thinking with compassion. The next time you come across someone in need, be their philanthropist.

When you can't do it all, do what you can.

Asha Patel is a senior at North Hagerstown High School.

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