Why Social Justice Should Be Everyone's "Thing"

Why Social Justice Should Be Everyone's "Thing"

"Serve on another in love."
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Galatians 5:13 says, "Serve on another in love," and whether you are a religious filled person or not, the idea of serving those around you should not be defined based on if someone goes to church or believes in a higher being. While, for me, the reason why I serve is deeply rooted in faith, for many, it is simply because people enjoy people. The other day, I had a friend refer to me as the "social-justice-driven girl." While I clearly identify as that, it was an eye-opening label. Shouldn't we all strive to be called this? We should all aim to be compassionate and caring people. We should get joy from helping others, rather than being okay with letting injustices occur freely in the world.

I am involved in a national organization called the Bonner Service Leader Program in which we serve with non-profits in the area creating sustainability within the organization. Prior to attending college, I always knew that social justice was important. I would volunteer at soup kitchens, help out at my church, or assist people in the local nursing home. I knew that people needed to be treated equally and that injustices needed to be addressed, but I did not develop the passion that I have for social justice that I do now, after one year at college.

Social justice is not for people who think they are better than others. It is not for only white people. It is not for only faith-filled people. You do not have to be the valedictorian of your class or the class president. You, yourself could be affected first hand by some form of injustice. Being a Social Justice driven individual is for everyone and should be everyone's thing. We all live in the same world and should be working together, rather than working against people.

I am not trying to stir up political drama but with the current election and the racism and lack of care for social justice issues in our country as demonstrated by one candidate, it has made me realize that our world needs to get everyone on the same page when it comes to social justice. It brings me to tears thinking that our potential political leader could be someone who is fueling his actions on such racist and hate filled concepts. We need to focus on the value of humanity, the purpose of community, and the greatness in diversity and uniqueness. It is what makes our country great ALREADY!

So let your call to action be making social justice your passion. Be that person that challenges what is necessary. Promote peace. Encourage diversity. Promote change where change is needed. Grow and learn.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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To The Girl Who Always Puts Her Love Life Before Everything Else, Don't Do That

Don't let yourself miss out on life just because you want a boyfriend.

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As a twenty-something, everywhere you look on social media you see all of your friends either getting married, having kids or exploiting their so-called #goals relationships.

For those of us who are single and are just living our best life, it can be annoying and a little discouraging.

Speaking as a single lady, my Instagram feed is filled with my friends who are in relationships, getting engaged/married, or having kids. Everyone has their own pace in life, but I can't help but feel like they're missing out.

Most of them did these big life events within two years of graduation. We graduated high school less than five years ago.

I'm not saying these people shouldn't pursue these relationships. I am a firm believer in doing what makes you happy, however, I am concerned that they aren't seeing the world. Most of the people still live in my ridiculously small hometown and never got a chance to leave.

Even if you decide to go back afterward, you should still leave your hometown for a little bit to see what else is out there.

How will you ever know if you like something if you never try?

Maybe you and your high school sweetheart's relationship will work out, they sometimes do. But I wish that more women my age would go out and live their lives a little before settling down so soon.

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