Society\'s Problems and My Role In Helping It

Is helping solve the problems of society everyone\'s job, or no one\'s job. What
role would you hope to play, based on your interests and developing skills, in
the solution of one or more specific problems?

As the problems in society arise, it is the duty of every individual to ease the
burden by helping to solve these problems. Too often, individuals pass off that
responsibility with the hope that others will pick up the slack. The problem is
that too many shrug their responsibility leaving an insurmountable degree of

It is everyone\'s obligation to help solve the problems because everyone has a
stake in society. Not enough people see the whole picture when it comes to
society\'s problems. If something hurts the society, it hurts the individual. For
example, the problem of homelessness is not just the problem of those who are
without residence. Their plight effects us all. Homelessness hurts the local
businessman whose customers are frightened away by the homeless man living on
the corner. It hurts those who have to commute to work via public transportation
and must deal with the panhandlers. It hurts those whose homes are burglarized
by the homeless man looking for money to feed his family. There is no isolated
problem in society and each problem has a ripple effect that eventually hurts
everyone. Even if only for selfish reasons, every individual should help to
solve the problems of society. A parallel that I can draw to further illustrate
my point is the team play of former NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson. When asked
why he is such a team player, he responded that he was a very selfish man. He
wanted 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 have
little spare time, but I still attempt to help. During Thanksgiving I help out
with my school\'s Thanksgiving Food Drive. I also volunteer as a tutor for those
who need help with their academics. On smaller scales, I always donate my loose
change to the various charity boxes that are strategically placed at the
counters 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 have
chosen business management and/or marketing as my career of choice, but I would
eventually like to throw my hat into the ring of politics. My goal is to become
a 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 only
altruistic reasons. I want to change many things about the way our government is
run and the way it handles the problems of society. If I run for office, it will
not be to gain financially or to make a name for myself. I want to make a
difference, and I feel that through the medium of politics I could.

I feel that the single most important institution in our nation is the
educational system. Without a strong educated population, the United States will
never return to its former economic prosperity and standing among the nations of
the world. More important than pumping money into defense and the military, we
should be focusing our time, money and effort on educating the youth. I feel
that this starts by decreasing the class size at the grade school level.
Children who are neglected at home need the assurance and support of their
teacher. The teacher cannot possibly do that for thirty-five students. A young
child\'s mind is a blank slate and can be influenced very easily. It is very
important that the child is instilled with proper values and strong sense of
confidence in himself. That is why the school has to get to the child before the
local drug dealers can corrupt him. I also feel that more money needs to be
spent on the educational growth of the child from kindergarten through college.
Teaching is, in my estimation, the most important