Both Tom and I talk a lot about contribution. With our friends. In our blog posts. In our Facebook posts. In my Facebook lives. Most of the times this is about volunteering in some way or another. But there are many other ways.
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You can contribute by literally taking care in your own hands. Your own care of course. Because if you take good care of yourself, you can help others.
You can also take care of others, of nature, of the environment, of the climate. Take care of the sick and the impaired. Take care by growing your own organic food or buying organic or eco.
You contribute when you reduce CO2-levels when you install solar panels on your roof or a windmill in your garden.
A very inspiring way to contribute is socializing. In a sports team, for instance. Or by learning a language together with other people, like we do.
We don’t need people that do everything perfect – we need a lot of people that contribute whatever they can.
Less obvious ways of contributing are perhaps cultural and artistic activities. But if you write a book, or perform music or a drama that people enjoy, you contribute huge.
Even when you share your opinions – your voice – with others, you contribute substantially. Vote and support political parties and politicians. That is a sure way to share your voice.
But you can also contribute by sharing your ideas on social media. Even if this does not always comes out the way we appreciate. As can be concluded from the following example.
Don’t turn away
Sharing is not always caring. The reason I say this is a vicious Whats-app message from one of the villagers, a couple of days ago. He sent a spoken message to a friend about one of the Chinese store owners in the village, accusing her of having the Coronavirus.
Within an hour this message was spread in the entire village. Some agreed with the message, others were indignant because the woman had not even been near a Corona outbreak area.
The majority of the responses however was “Don’t interfere. Let it be. We are neither the sender, nor the Chinese woman”.
What makes a community?
We are living at the outskirts of the village in an Urbanizacion. To be aware of what happens in our neighborhood we have a groups app. About 125 people are in it. It goes without saying I don’t get along with all of these people.
Nor do they with me. 🙂
But it would be so nice if people really cared about and for each other.
So, as a response to the remarks about the Chinese woman, a friend’s message was “Speak up for people who are being attacked”. I think it is a great way of contribution. I gladly repeat her recital of one of Bertold Brecht’s poems:
“First of all, they came to take the gypsies
and I was happy because they pilfered.
Then they came to take the Jews and I said nothing,
because they were unpleasant to me.
Then they came to take homosexuals,
and I was relieved, because they were annoying me.
Then they came to take the Communists,
and I said nothing because I was not a Communist.
One day they came to take me,
and there was nobody left to protest”.
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Let’s contribute for a better world. <3