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It’s a mean, mean world

Sarah Ruiz, Staff Reporter - January 16, 2013

The latest age of technology has done many things to society. That being said, the worst thing I believe technology has done is rob us of awareness. Humans are dependent on their observations; they help us connect with those around us. Since we are all so plugged in, we often don’t notice the people around us. I believe this has in turn cut the number of “good deeds” down and made us less polite.

On campus, we interact with tons of people every day. Some people hold doors open, while others slam into people and don’t even bother looking back.

Today, more than ever, it is important to take a moment to do a good deed. With all the bad news in the media, sometimes it is hard to remember the good of the human heart.

But if you can put down the phone, iPod and laptop and notice those around you, I bet you can not only change someone else’s day, but your own as well.

The ability to observe the world around us is perhaps one of the greatest gifts of mankind.
Going through a day without at least trying to help one person is a day wasted. My mom taught me a good deed is something which comes from the heart, something which will make life a little easier on someone else.

The next time you are in a group of people, I challenge you to observe what is happening around you. One of my professors described a scenario where he was walking out of a local store when a group of young men ran into a woman, knocking her groceries to the ground and ruining them. My professor described how he then replaced the groceries, and he challenged us to look for similar opportunities.

The world is a bad place without good people, I firmly believe that often times, good people are distracted.

Becoming a part of the life around you will open up opportunities for you to do something good. I was waiting in line for my food when I noticed the guy in front of me was searching through his wallet. He mentioned how he did not have his Connection Card, and would just pay with his credit card. Anyone who spends time in the SURC knows how much more expensive food is without that wonderful little card. I know he could pay for it, but it just felt wrong. His meal probably cost me about $4. But when the cashier saw me offer to pay for his food, and found out I didn’t know him, she only charged me for my meal, not his. It was her response to my decision that really stood out to me. I kept wondering how many people go about their day without thinking of how their actions affect others.

If you take the time to change your habits so you can help someone, you may just create a chain reaction. One good deed may lead others around you to do good deeds as well.

So put down the distractions and interact with those around you. You may be able to change someone’s day, and feel better because of it. Let’s go back and find the good in the human heart again.

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