Reactionary thinking. As humans, we are all susceptible to it – especially during challenging times when we are filled with fear, tension, and uncertainty. It can be natural to react defensively to our circumstances, other people, and the things we can’t control. It feels like we are protecting ourselves and our beliefs when those things feel threatened. But reactionary thinking is a slippery slope and works to divide when it goes unchecked. In turn, it causes those around you to react in the same way. And before you know it, our entire society has become reactionary. This has led almost everyone to look out for themselves.
Everyone is focused on their own self-interests. We often don’t think about our actions and the effects they may have on others anymore. This all leads to an ego self-driven society where only you can win and everyone else has to lose. Our own Congress is the perfect example. Democrats and Republicans have to win at all costs. It’s a “heads I win, and tails you lose” scenario. There is no “let’s meet halfway” mentality anymore. There is no compromise or teamwork, or even self-improvement. But things don’t have to stay this way. As a solution, society needs to implement the “shotgun approach.”We need to ask ourselves in every situation – would we do the same thing or react the same way towards a loved one? Once we personalize this type of attitude, we have an entirely different perspective towards whatever we are dealing with. We need to adopt this approach and use it towards all people, whether we have ties to them or not. Why? Because we are all human.
The Give A Damn philosophy encourages people to THINK. It encourages people to think about others, their communities, their country. It helps people recognize how they can improve their well-being by doing for others, which in turn affects those around them and their surroundings. Next time you feel yourself heading towards reactionary thinking, take a few seconds to pause and reflect before acting or speaking. Aim to figure out what is causing you to react that way and how you can shift your perspective for your own good, but more importantly, for the good of others and society. If we want to see a change in the people we work with, live in a community, and call our fellow citizens, we must start somewhere. Starting to Give A Damn can start home and can begin with just you. Let’s change our thinking and work towards being kinder and more compassionate to our fellow human beings. Then everyone wins.