I've always heard that education is the key to solving poverty and connecting people together. But, that's just not true. There are more people attending college in the United States than any other time in history, yet there is still ignorance, racism, and poverty. There are people who attend the most prestigious schools in the country and won't lend a helping hand to others.
The key is empathy. On my daily journey in Los Angeles, it amazes me how little empathy people have for others. The lack of empathy is in all levels of socioeconomic class, ethnicity, religion, and level of education.
Empathy: is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.
We need to teach young people empathy. That is the only way things in our world will ever change.
I learned to be empathetic person from my family, television, volunteering, and mentors. I grew up watching Captain Planet, so I learned to take care of the earth. I also watch Reading Rainbow, which taught me a lot about different cultures. My family raised several animals, which we cared for deeply and considered them family members. I had teachers that taught me about the world. I volunteered for several organizations and worked for a nonprofit helping homeless children. I consider myself very lucky to have been raised empathetic to others. Empathy is taught.
A lot of children are not fortunate. Hate is learned. Children are not born to hate others. The cycle of bigotry, ignorance, and selfishness continues.
If we all step into another person's shoes, I wonder how much different our world could be. Education opens the door, but to solve the world's problem we need empathetic people.