The Privilege to Ignore

This has been a rough year, and we’re not even halfway through. I’m tired of reading the news because each day brings another depressing event. I’ve started quickly scrolling past to the happier posts, but many people can’t do the same. They can’t escape from their sick loved ones, or the color of their skin, or their gender, or their sexuality, or the natural disasters that have upended their lives.

I can, at least for now, and it’s likely you can too. I can work from home and pay to have my groceries delivered, reducing my chances of getting sick. I can turn off the news and ignore the protests that are occurring half a world away. I can turn on my TV and watch movies and play games, worrying about what to buy next instead of how to afford my mortgage.

It’s important to recognize what a luxury that is. Someone is out there delivering my food so they can pay for their own. Someone is out protesting in the street, fighting for their life, in the US, and Hong Kong, and India. Someone is trying to recover from a fire that took everything from them.

Give back to the people who aren’t as privileged every chance you get. You have plenty of causes to pick from this year, and there are a lot of people who could use your help with a fresh start.