This I Believe

Kasie - Hampden, Massachusetts
Entered on October 15, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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I believe that people don’t care. People don’t care if your feelings are hurt, they don’t care if your heart is broken in half or your mind is pounding or that you’re dying inside. Most people have hearts that don’t seem to exist, they see a homeless man get hit by a car on a busy street and drive right by as he calls desperately for help. People don’t care if you’re trying to cross a street with a baby carriage, they’ll just keep going, busy on their way to work. Teenage girls don’t care about the people they make fun of, they’ll talk and talk and make you feel like dirt and not even realize that they’ve stuck a knife through your heart. Drunken men don’t care when they make disgusting comments towards passing women about their bodies. The guy who ran over your dog didn’t care when he sped off, without even stopping to see the damage he had done. If there is one thing that I can’t stand, its needing help and watching people pretend not to see me or just plain ignore me. I’ve had a friend who, at a school football game, was on the ground crying her eyes out. She was pleading for help and not one person even stopped to help her up. I remember looking at the group of kids who were standing just feet away, pretending not to hear her. I gave them a look of disgust and helped her up. Later on, after she told me what was going on, I looked back at the group of kids. How can anyone just stand there and ignore that kind of things. It’s just disgusting and ridiculous.

Its not just people, it’s the country and the whole world that needs some care. In our country now, there aren’t many people that care. Now, I’m just 14 and don’t know enough to judge, but the way I look at it; if so many people wanted to take the troops out of Iraq, they would’ve been out by now. Not enough people care that our country is falling apart. There are countless things that not enough people care about; global warming, the war, poverty, murders, the cure for cancer, endangering animals (pushing them out of their territory), and so much more. People just don’t seem to care that our country and the world at that will only last so long. They don’t understand that it WILL be gone one day, but only then will they realize and then regret it.

Money. That’s our problem; all people care about it’s getting their money. I mean, I get it, who doesn’t like money? I like it, and I would do crazy things for money. It’s like a drug, to everyone and everyone is hooked. Money means power and everyone wants power. People won’t give up 50 dollars to put towards the endangered bird fund or even take 10 seconds out of their day to toss 50 cents into a charity jar. You know those big boxes that you put old clothes in that get donated to charity? I’ve seen one of them burn down, some idiot blew it up. So, some people are less fortunate, but to take away even more from them to joke around with your friends? It’s sickening. People don’t care about each other or the world and anything. Granted, there are those people like me who care about these things and spend their whole lives trying to find a cure for cancer or trying to save the whales or stop global warming, but it’s not enough. Not enough Americans realize what is going on and don’t care about changing it. Most people figure that by the time something really bad happens, they’ll be dead by then so they won’t have to worry about it. It doesn’t work that way, if people don’t do something NOW then the future is dark, very dark, for all of us. Americans need a wake up call, and they need to understand that the world isn’t going to be around forever.

Don’t just sit there as you’re listening to this and think, “I agree, but what can I do, I’m just one person?” How about getting up and donating something; time, money, clothes, anything. Don’t think that you’re the only one who wants a change, there are others out there, but one person can make all the difference. One person can tell another and they can tell another. It’s a ripple effect, tell everyone, spread the word. Get people to care.