New Castle News

January 10, 2013

Individuals have duty to change the world

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

An old proverb goes like this:

For want of a nail a shoe was lost.

For want of a shoe a horse was lost.

For want of a horse a rider was lost.

For want of a rider a message was lost.

For want of a message a battle was lost.

For want of a battle a kingdom was lost.

All for the want of a little old nail.

One implication of this proverb is that something small can have huge consequences.

Another analogy along the same line is the effect a butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the Earth can have on the weather on the other side of the globe. From this perspective, I want to discuss the topic of social justice.

Social justice is an interesting topic to discuss. Some argue that it is government’s responsibility to accomplish this end and cite biblical verses in their argument.

I study the Bible and have come to a different conclusion. The Bible says that one is to love his neighbor as he loves himself and I interpret this to be an individual’s responsibility and not a group’s.

I understand this to mean that if one sees an injustice such as in the story of the good Samaritan, an individual should offer help to that person. It’s an individual’s responsibility, not a group’s responsibility.

Just as the loss of a little nail can have calamitous negative results, so a small positive response such as helping a single person can have great positive results for the individual and then society.

Instead of trying to change the world, change one person’s world, for it is always better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

Thomas Brice

Boyles Avenue

New Castle