Cleveland, Ohio – Three women who were reported missing 10 plus years ago are finally home with their families, and people are now wondering, how could this happen? Unfortunately, it is far too easy in a society that prides itself on competition over cooperation.
Now I agree that a certain level of competition can lead to advancements in technology and science. However, push it too far, and people begin to watch out for themselves over anyone else and put their friends and family before they’ll lend a helping hand to a stranger. When we begin to divide our our society in such a way, crime begins to happen more frequently. Why? Because people look the other way.
If you want to help, begin by taking the first step. Say, “Hello,” to strangers you pass on the way to work. Soon enough, many will become familiar faces. Ask, “How are you doing?” and really mean it. Be prepared to offer words of assistance and a listening ear to those who aren’t having such a great day. These simple building blocks can bring us closer to our neighbors, and ultimately, can reduce crimes the like of what happened in Cleveland.