Our expert says:
Sometimes those of us who are used to being and feeling strong, find it harder to accept situations when we feel less capable and confident, than do people who don't expect to manage tough situations.
None of us can afford to spend all day working on projects close to our heart, unless we are independently very wealthy. None of us is so insignificant that our efforts on project we consider worthy will be irrelevant - but none of us are so powerful that we will, on our own, solve any major world problems. That doesn't mean its not worth trying - just that we must remember to be realistic in the aims we decide to aim towards, and satisfied with having made a difference.
Is the situation better than it would have been if you had done nothing ? Surely yes. And you're wise in deciding to study so as to gain some relevant skills, to enhance your ability to be useful.
Sounds like your heart is in the right place, but you may be at risk of becoming very unrealistic in what you expect of yourself and your impact. All these large problems would have been solved long ago, if all they needed was the sincere efforts of one person for a short while. If one looks back at the large-scale problems that HAVE been solved, they all required the efforts of many individuals, working in a coordinated fashion, over an extended period of time.
When I was a student, smoking was extremely common and there were fierce pressures to smoke. Many efforts were made to change this and we grew really pessimistic as it seemed nothing could be achieved. In fact, there has been an enormous change in behaviour, social acceptability of smoking, and the proportion of people who smoke, limitations on the advertising and sale of cigarettes, and so on. But it took a LOT of work by MANY people, each doing the little bit they could, over DECADES, to achieve this major change - and much more remains to be done.
Its worth doing, but if one expects early, easy and quick results, one is doomed to be disappointed, and to give up when one's efforts would have been part of the eventuial success.
Yes, more people need to care - but you cannot do their caring, for them. Do what you can, accept what you can't, and recognize the value of incremental efforts in producing the lasting changes you want
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