Will the socially conscious people please stand up???
When you hear the term â€œsocially consciousâ€, what image comes to mind? I see someone who is aware of the issues facing their community and is actively trying to correct the problem. The trouble is, I donâ€™t see many people who hold positions, which directly or indirectly influence our community, taking this type of stance. It sounds good to say you're socially conscious, but why aren't more of us taking a stand? Does anyone feel a sense of responsibility anymore?
There are those of us who do not hold a position of power or status, who, if you were to ask the average person who we were, they would say, who is that? We do a number of deeds, big and small, which go unacknowledged on a daily basis, and we may have no idea how many people we actually touch by our words, or actions, or sometimes just a friendly, non-judgmental ear.
Then we have those who do occupy a position of power or status. Now, I do realize that we have a large number of people in influential positions who arenâ€™t socially conscious and have no sense of community. With that said, is it rational to hold them to the same standards as one who is conscious, but for a variety of reasons, has decided to sit on the fence and watch others do the hard work?
I say yes: if you are going into a profession which places you in the position of a role model to your community, (regardless of whether you believe you should be considered a role model) then you need to step up and start representing yourself like youâ€™ve got more common sense than the average person. This is a small price to pay for the fame and the notoriety of being â€œfamousâ€, or holding some type of authority position.
So again I ask: WILL THE SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS PEOPLE PLEASE STAND UP???