Not enough people see the whole picture when it comes tosociety’s problems. If something hurts the society, it hurts the individual. Forexample, the problem of homelessness is not just the problem of those who arewithout residence. Their plight effects us all. Homelessness hurts the localbusinessman whose customers are frightened away by the homeless man living onthe corner.
It hurts those who have to commute to work via public transportationand must deal with the panhandlers. It hurts those whose homes are burglarizedby the homeless man looking for money to feed his family. There is no isolatedproblem in society and each problem has a ripple effect that eventually hurtseveryone. Even if only for selfish reasons, every individual should help tosolve the problems of society. A parallel that I can draw to further illustratemy point is the team play of former NBA star Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
When askedwhy he is such a team player, he responded that he was a very selfish man. Hewanted to win so much that he was willing to do whatever it took to succeed. I hope that in my later life I have every opportunity to help those who need it. I try to help out as much as I can now.
Due to my commitments at school, I havelittle spare time, but I still attempt to help. During Thanksgiving I help outwith my school’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. I also volunteer as a tutor for thosewho need help with their academics. On smaller scales, I always donate my loosechange to the various charity boxes that are strategically placed at thecounters of all the local stores and I always recycle my recyclables. At college,I look forward to the opportunity to further assist in improving society. Beyond college, I hope to eventually make a real difference in society.
I havechosen business management and/or marketing as my career of choice, but I wouldeventually like to throw my hat into the ring of politics. My goal is to becomea successful businessman and set myself up comfortably. If I become well off,which I hope to, I will give back to the society that helped me reach that point. I will do so by donating both my time and money to various charitable services. I then hope to run for local office. My desire to be a politician is for onlyaltruistic reasons.
I want to change many things about the way our government isrun and the way it handles the problems of society. If I run for office, it willnot be to gain financially or to make a name for myself. I want to make adifference, and I feel that through the medium of politics I could. I feel that the single most important institution in our nation is theeducational system. Without a strong educated population, the United States willnever return to its former economic prosperity and standing among the nations ofthe world.
More important than pumping money into defense and the military, weshould be focusing our time, money and effort on educating the youth. I feelthat this starts by decreasing the class size at the grade school level. Children who are neglected at home need the assurance and support of theirteacher. The teacher cannot possibly do that for thirty-five students.
A youngchild’s mind is a blank slate and can be influenced very easily. It is veryimportant that the child is instilled with proper values and strong sense ofconfidence in himself. That is why the school has to get to the child before thelocal drug dealers can corrupt him. I also feel that more money needs to bespent on the educational growth of the child from kindergarten