Although I dont have a photo to go with this blog yet, I really wanted to share my thoughts on fears, courage, compassion and empathy. Some of the things that make us human. These are very important issues to me that are a big part of what made me decide that I want to be a photojournalist instead of going into a different photography concentration.
I am taking Intro to Ethics this semester, and we are required to watch different movies each week that help us think more about right and wrong. One of the movies this week was an exceptional movie that I had never seen before called Hotel Rwanda. Based on the true events of the Rwanda genocide of the Tutsi people. Let me just say, if you have not had the chance to see this movie, it is definitely one to put on your list but must have lots of tissues within reach.
I believe people feel things differently and on different levels. I am one that fortunately or unfortunately (however you choose to look at it) feel things such as others suffering on a very intense level. Although, this can be painful for me at times, it is what motivates me to want to be a better person, to stand up for and help those being wronged or hurt. Whether people, animals or even the environment, I feel it is my responsibility to do whatever I can to help even if it just means showing people what is happening all around us in hopes that a few will wake up and also fight for the less fortunate.
Hotel Rwanda really made me think, when faced with death, and all these people suffering and being murdered right in front of me, could I find the courage to be like Paul, to help all these people putting myself in peril or would I just turn away and go back to my safe life? It is a hard question to answer because just watching it on a little screen was so painful, but I do not believe I could ever just turn away. Over the years, I have conquered many of my fears( minute in comparison to this) and I continue to work on them. I do believe that in the face of something so horrific, my compassion and empathy will outweigh my fears.
I dont think we really comprehend just how lucky we are to be born in the US. No matter how bad things get here, They are no comparison to third world countries. I do not understand why people hate or determine the value of ones life by the color of skin, or their nationality, or even their social status when we are all the same inside. I think it is so easy for us to turn our backs on others in these countries because we dont have to see it. We abandoned the people of Rwanda because we simply didnt want to deal with it or get into the middle of “their’ fight.
So, are these that turn their backs just uncaring, uncompassionate people? Some are, yet I think many are just afraid. Like as children, when we thought there was a monster under the bed. We would pull the covers over our heads and just pretend it wasn’t there. I was one of those people for half my life, afraid of what I didnt understand and chose to ignore it instead of face my fears. Until you learn to let go of fear though, you will never really know what or who you can be. Dont let fears stop you from being the best person you can, living your life to its fullest!