The moment we turn on our TV sets, or flip through the newspaper, or switch on the radio or go online surfing through a social blog, all we find is a bunch of problems around the world. Whose duty is it to get a check over all this? The government? Alone? Think again, it is certainly the state’s responsibility but certainly not only their responsibility. We too need to be equal participants in bringing our societal problems under control. The people, especially the youth, and generally all age groups, need to play their individual roles in changing the society. As Mahatma Gandhi has famously said, “Be the change you want to see”, it is we people who need to take a stand for all that we want to change in our society, apart from just sitting back, criticizing the system and expecting actions. If you have that conventional approach of ‘what can we do?’ Below is a list of Ten Reasons To Be A Social Activist, that will surely help you reason out better, and get you working in the social arena.
1. Human Resource
Human resource is the most powerful and efficient resource any nation has. We all as human beings are the creators of most of the things around us. We are bestowed with the holy gift of reason and that is our greatest weapon. As human beings, apart from being our moral duty, social obligation, need of the hour, intellectual demand, it is the very fact of being human beings that calls for social activism. We are not people but resources to our nation, and with all the prospects we owe, we must not sit back, but get on our toes and take actions. Human resource is the most powerful one, and for something like a society that is nothing but a cluster of this resource, who can serve better but us to cure its countless diseases?
2. Need Of The Hour
The country is in a dark phase. We are going through one of the worst stages of social as well as financial status. It is therefore the need of the hour that the public pulls up their socks and get out of their homes to find out reasons for all that is affecting their well-being and the society, and work towards it. The status of woman’s safety, the corruption, the flaws of the ruling party, the innumerable scams, the cast discrimination, the fight for homosexual recognition are some of the latest situations in our country that needs mass support and assistance to improve. The fight for justice never ends, era after era, we have something or the other to fight for, every epoch has its own call for social activities. We as citizens of a country should never become dormant therefore, and participate in social activism.
3. Aware And Educated
With the increase in social connectivity, the era of globalization and increase in educational facilities we are now no doubts a more aware and educated lot than what our country’s people were just a decade back. With this gift of awareness and education we certainly get responsibilities, as “with power always comes responsibilities”. The strengthening of our intellects and social life therefore brings with it the obligation to contribute to the society. With this gift of education we are surely now more capable and intellectual. We have stronger opinions, awareness and exposure that will help us cement the bricks in building of a new society. Hence, we must not wait and waste these precious gems of capabilities we have and without letting anything hold us back, step in the social domain and work towards the welfare of the society. When the society will change, our own lives and the progeny will benefit too.
4. Moral Duty
Apart from being our social responsibility it is also our basic moral duty to serve the society. For all the problems our society is facing calls for our empathy. If today a woman is raped in some neighbouring household, tomorrow it can be one from our own. If today a couple is killed for eloping away, tomorrow it can be one of our friends. If today an innocent is punished due to corruption, tomorrow we can be fighting for justice too. Isn’t it therefore a moral duty for all of us to feel empathy and support relevant social causes? Every prevailing social problem is what we must relate to, understand, and support to get justice. We all are equal holders in demanding justice and it is our shared responsibility to struggle to achieve it.
5. Social Responsibility
The society is a responsibility of everyone who is a part of it. Every citizen has an equal responsibility to take charge of its good and bad. To bring in a positive change in the social system is therefore a collective motive. We all must serve it together, for it is an equal obligation. Each one of us is equally responsible to participate, know, and act in the social sphere. We need to be united as a part of the society. Social activism calls for social support from each and every one in the society. The role may be considerable or little, but it is crucial and inevitable.
6. Fledgling Minds
This reason can especially go for the young people. Those who are a part of the young generation are just in the initial stage of development. Their minds and hearts are yet to absorb the realms of this world. The various requirements to be a social activist, like, passion, energy, dedication, loyalty, commitment, etc. are highly there in the present generation. These fledgling minds therefore own a lot of potential to transform the world around them, with their ideas and actions. The present world is aware and educated and hence capable to form independent opinions and also act and work towards bringing changes in an efficient and different manner. So, social activism, for the new generation’s new minds, is a must, as they have the necessary potential to change the world for good.
7. A Good Work
Good deeds are for free, they only give golden returns. When we are involved in social activism it is a significant thing we are doing. No matter what we do, which cause we support, how we participate, our contribution to the society is a good deal of work. It is a nice thing to do. Doing refined, meaningful things, has its own advantages, like self-satisfaction, peace of mind, sense of achievement, happiness and motivation. Getting involved in social work gives us all these pleasures consequently. So, the naturally associated sense of goodness with social work and its resulting fruits is a major reason why one should become a social activist.
One of the very fundamental reasons to be a social activist is the sense of patriotism associated to it. Working for the society, is working for the country. When you work for the people, you work for the nation. Social activism and patriotism is almost inseparable. Little or big no matter how we are involved with social activities, it counts equally in forming the nation as a better place to live in, thus making us worthy citizens and giving our being, a sense of patriotism.
Social activism is a dynamic phenomenon. In this fast moving world what else do we want? Fighting for a cause, protesting, running after something, putting forward your demands, urging for a change, there is so much to do as a social activist. Today, the youth especially is so full of energy, passion and awareness, the dynamites of social activism surely cannot fail to attract them. We all want to do something remarkable, powerful and identical, why not be socially active then? Go for causes, participate in social marches, debate, discuss and work towards bringing a change. This characteristic of social activism gives it the wield to tempt a good number of the young citizen towards social activism.
10. A Long Way To Go
The society ever since running has faced innumerable problems. All across the world, no matter where we go, the basic problems of humanity remain the same. Talking about our own country India, we have a variety of problems, ranging from, inequality, castism, class issues, gender discrimination, female feticide, educational inequality, homosexual recognition, lack of infrastructure, poverty, corruption, legal flaws, and so on. The list is almost endless. This is how things are, when we talk of problems they seem infinite, we can go on listing them in a never ending manner, but when we talk of solutions, most of us has one answer, “nothing can happen”. This is the approach we need to change. We have a long way to go before the social status of our country changes and therefore it is time we start stepping in the social arena and work unitedly to bring in changes. Only with little steps, gradually taken, constantly worked out, will lead to bigger and better changes and improved social situations.