Volunteer Blog – Careful, Don’t Care, Careless – Level of Engagement

By Riva Taimur Khawaja
August 19, 2020

“You cannot legislate morality.” As President Dwight D. Eisenhower, once said. Societies are complex, over years of development and hard work have we come to exhibit what we are today, as members of society in the 21st century.

There’s no denying that the idea of care and bespeaking for it has increased globally compared to what it has been throughout history, for example observing the establishment of the UDHR to denote human rights as essential parts of ruling over defined bodies, signifying the importance of “care” amongst all societies.

However, have we really overcome hurdles in reference to globally establishing “care”? The answer to this question as disappointing as it is, is still quite negative. Even in the 21st century with established human rights, stable governmental order and a clear-cut idea of moral and ethical practices in all political, social, and individual fronts we still lack the establishment of fully functioning “Care Systems.”

We reach such a disappointing conclusion once we realize that such social issues are neglected due to our capitalist run civilizations and agendas. Such an environment has festered a lack of tolerance that resides within society today, more discreetly than it has existed in previous times, by concealing intolerance, inequality and the absence of care through systemic racism or systemic gender inequality.

Care systems are crucial for all states in order to develop and thrive, every functioning member of society must feel equally empowered and significant or in other words cared for in order to contribute to society. This concept cannot be achieved without functioning care systems.

A more socialist approach to society, in my opinion may be a better option in order to establish care systems as a socialist environment can fester tolerance and establish the concept of care necessary in dealing with all men women and children regardless of ethnicity, race or genders.

Creating more tolerant and permissive societies is essential in order for “care” to be fully achieved. How might society be able to achieve this goal is what’s challenging. I believe that the best way to approach such a matter especially in an underdeveloped or developing state such as mine is to take matters into your own hands and inspire others to join the cause of establishing care.

Every individually has the ability to make a change, as cliché as it sounds, it is true. One willing to work hard enough to achieve a greater goal and to create an impact is nothing out of the ordinary and totally achievable. Thus in terms of being able to create a more accepting honest and righteous society every individual has to make the effort to care and to stand up for those who do not or cannot stand up for themselves. One can do this through social media or physically by calling out intolerance on all platforms, try to exercise a nonjudgmental attitude at all times and to educate the masses on the consequences of inaction.

Be the change you want to see in the world is what I’d have to say to those who’ve come across this article. Make the effort to eradicate cruelty within the world and fight for justice and equality.

As a Pakistani female I’d say that our society has many flaws, not to overlook the flaws in society globally, however us Pakistanis have to deal with a certain cultural toxicity that festers to quite a great extent, high levels of intolerance, in context to women empowerment, race, and ethnicity. Rooting from what has come to be acknowledged as “toxic aunty culture” or “toxic rishta culture” limiting social development and uprooting intolerance in the name of culture, these ideas have been passed down throughout many generations, which is why we have become more accustomed to the absence of tolerance and care.

Such ideas need immediate eradication as they fester hate and judgment over all else. Which is why the youth today has been bringing these concepts to light as a means of elimination through education and awareness and will continue to do so in order to best bespoke for care to create a friendlier more caring society for our future generations.