In today's news, a tornado has wreaked destruction in the Southern part of the United States. And weeks ago, the world was rocked by the calamity and chaos in Japan. There's no question that many people's lives are left in shambles.
Thankfully, many people have stood up to lend a helping hand to those who have been victimized by Mother Nature's wrath. In Japan, even the Yakuza crime syndicate was reported to have opened up their headquarters to the Japanese who have been displaced from their homes. Amidst all the darkness, people have shone a sliver of light by being their brother's keeper.
But do we really have to wait for disasters to happen? Do we really have to be awakened by great chaos in order to help one another? Day after day, many children go hungry and many families live in abysmal conditions. Even without natural disasters, these people are always left without homes, food, and hope.
The charity and involvement of the people who have helped those in Japan is reason to hope that humans are capable of goodness. But it should be a consistent effort that does not stop.
Each one of us has financial commitments and obligations that may prevent us from giving to the less fortunate on a constant basis, but we should keep in mind that tokens of charity can go a long way in improving the fate of humankind.
If we can muster up the resources to help those in Japan, we surely can muster up the resources to help all those people who live with the burden of poverty every single day. We need not go far to find people in suffering. It's all around us, only waiting to be noticed.
Charity is a habit, and it is something that can be integrated into the lives of each and every individual.