So­cial re­sponse-a-what?

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS - By Leila Hashemi

Iwas walk­ing down the street when I saw some­one take a cig­a­rette pack wrap­per and throw it on the ground. I walked up to them and, with­out say­ing any­thing, picked it up and threw it in the waste bin.

On an­other oc­ca­sion, I saw a guy be­ing ex­tremely ag­gres­sive with his girl­friend. I walked over to make sure she was okay and calm the sit­u­a­tion be­fore it got out of hand. Would you do the same?

When does some­thing hap­pen­ing around you be­come your re­spon­si­bil­ity? Is it when you see a child be­ing mis­treated, or some­one be­ing at­tacked or harmed by some­one else?

In to­day’s so­ci­ety, there is a lack of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. Some might say that it does not exit at all.

I feel like there are in­trin­sic val­ues that should hold through­out any cul­ture or lo­ca­tion.

So­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity can be even more in­di­vid­u­al­ized. Things such as speed­ing, park­ing in unau­tho­rized ar­eas, or even not chal­leng­ing out­dated rules and ideas are all part of ig­nor­ing the idea of pro­tect­ing so­ci­ety as a whole.

If ev­ery­one thinks that the next per­son will do some­thing about it, noth­ing will ever hap­pen.

A 2016 ar­ti­cle in The Ex­press Tri­bune dis­pels the be­lief that lack of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity is based on ed­u­ca­tion or in­come.

“The fact is that a sense of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity is miss­ing from all lev­els of our so­ci­ety re­gard­less of so­cial class, and un­less this ap­a­thetic at­ti­tude is fixed and a spirit of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity is en­gen­dered in so­ci­ety, such in­ci­dents will con­tinue to be re­peated,” it said.

To be­come more sen­si­tive to so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, ask your­self what would hap­pen if ev­ery­one prac­ticed so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. What would I need to change in my­self to be more so­cially re­spon­si­ble? How do I mo­ti­vate oth­ers to do the same?

If we start think­ing this way, we can start to make a dif­fer­ence.

If you were be­ing beaten up or hurt, would you want some­one to help you?

If your an­swer is yes, then you should do the same if you see this hap­pen­ing to some­one else.

If you don’t like lit­ter­ing, when you see some­one throw trash on the ground, say some­thing or pick it up and throw it away your­self.

We can all do a lit­tle more to make our world a bet­ter place.

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