The guiding light is empathy. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and try to understand what they go through. We must step outside of our privilege and stop being selfish. We need to start caring. Have a kind word with that beggar outside your car, enquire and get to know about your household help’s family, do more effort in giving back to society. Engage with the rural artisans, who don’t have much, who work hard to provide for their families but are still one of the most generous people you’ll come across. Care about ways to help the less fortunate and care about helping those who are close to you who may be disadvantaged in one way or another.
The best way to bespoke care is to break through the barriers of class, wealth, caste and the shackles of economy. With empathy and concern, we need to treat everyone as equals on a human level. An example of this is giving your house staff the same respect you demand from them. Be polite, be kind and be respectful. Create a space where everyone can interact on an equal and human level. Bespoke care for the unfortunate has been around in many forms over time. Charity and spreading awareness are certainly a good way to help, but what steps do we take beyond that? Providing the same opportunities for others that most of us take for granted is a basic step. Equalizing the grounds for everyone to progress can lead to greater success and a better society for all. Looking at this from another point of view, it’s so much untapped potential. A girl my age sitting in a village might have bigger, better ideas. But we are unaware of each other’s existence due to the barriers we create ourselves. Even, when we do, it is through veils of donation and charity. The veil creates resistance. What is it that tells us to keep a distance and keeps us inside our protected bubbles? What is it that keeps us separated even though at an innate human level, we’re all the same? These barriers are the ones that need to be broken in order to best bespoke CARE. I want you to think about what care means to you and how you apply that concept in your surrounding.
– Zayna Ahsan, Volunteer from Eye on Ivy