Editorial — What is a mission trip as modern day humanitarians like to define it?
This is a difficult question to answer as we see so many people firmly believing in their own personal truth, and fighting for it no matter what the risks.
Despite disagreements based on years of tradition and personally ingrained values, young people in the 21st century have led themselves into a very unique set of circumstances concerning the idea of helping others.
These bold moves are what make members of our generation different than our past representations of youth.
We are a generation of people who create our own opportunities rather than waiting around to find one that will suit us best, and that is a wonderful trait to attribute to us millennials.
It is evident that this isn’t true for all young adults around the world, but for the sake of conversation, let’s think about it in terms of first-world, well educated middle class youth.
So, taking this into consideration, we’ve got a good idea about the world around us, and the general need we see in the Sarah McLachlan laden infomercials and other things of the sort are becoming a frequently pervasive tug on our little heart strings because we have to do something about it.
And, to a certain degree, we do. We do have a responsibility to take care of others around us.
We have a responsibility to make life a little easier for those around us if we can help it.
Whether or not that means we are called to move to a remote part of the world to learn someone else’s culture and take care of them there is up for discussion.
It’s a common saying that it takes a village to raise a child, but what we don’t consider is why it takes a village. It takes a village because we, as part of the human race are responsible for making sure we are all well enough to make the world an easier place to be.
So we as the generation who is steadfast in our decisions to get to the nitty gritty of what it truly takes to make a difference in the world, have a responsibility to do it right, and not impose ourselves onto other.
We must tread lightly on this earth and interact gently with one another. We are all here. We are all fragile to some degree. And we all need a little care every now and then.