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Improving the World

  • Date Submitted: 02/09/2012 04:08 AM
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Improving the World
Changes happen all the time, sometimes for good and sometimes for bad.   Most of the time I believe that people want to help others and make the world a better place.   In the Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching, Lao-tzu says “The world is sacred.   It can’t be improved.” (p. 26) But what if can be?   I believe that every day the world is constantly improving.   Whether it be a charity organization that helps underprivileged kids, or a soup kitchen that provides a free meal to the homeless, or even commercials on TV that encourage teens against bullying. I know people who constantly are helping the less fortunate in their struggles in life.   My dad, for example, volunteers with a group called St. Vincent De Paul.   They help to provide people who have low income with food and toiletries.   It seems to me though that no matter what we give it is never enough.
There is also many other organizations such as Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) who bring help to animals who are endangered.   WWF also helps to significantly change global forces to protect the future of nature.   I believe it is organizations like these who defy Lao-tzu and make it so that the world can be improved.  
It seems to me that sometimes when you help others your generosity can go unnoticed or you are just heckled.   I was walking downtown one time and this man asked me if I can give him some money so he can buy some food.   Since I am a nice guy I gave him five dollars.   In my mind I’m thinking he can get a whole foot long sandwich from Subway.   That should be a nice dinner, right?   If not that he could go to Taco Bell and get a whole meal for five bucks.   Instead of thanking me for giving him five dollars he complains and says I should give him more money so he can have a “nice meal.”   As Lao-tzu says, “The kind man does something, yet something remains undone.” (p. 28) I didn’t give him any more money and I was pretty pissed that he would even ask for more.   The man left me...

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