Priorities and Perspective
Do we think that we are so important that our problems must topple all other interests? Although a little bit of an exaggeration, the answer is yes. Now this is not true for all people, but for the majority of us, especially us teenagers, it is true. We focus on ourselves, our issues, and our lives and forget that there is a whole world out there, which has much bigger problems than that Joey kissed Rachael or that the Packers lost. Although, lunch time gossip is probably more interesting than issues of international policy, that doesn’t make it more important.
Do you want to know how I know this? I do it too. Actually, right now I am complaining about complaining, which is a very interesting way to complain. Spare me any comments about hypocrisy; I am just trying to show that a self-centered mindset is human nature. It is instinct to think of “me first”. But the world would be a better place if we fought that instinct ever once and a while.
If we continuously thought about the needs of others and the world at least once a day, the world would change for the better. I am not trying to say we can’t complain, but we have to try to think beyond ourselves.