Sometimes doing right takes more effort

HAVING the strength and willingness to speak up or take action when we see someone else in need does not necessarily make you a hero.

During times of war, Australians laced up their boots, abandoned their personal ambitions and got the job done out of love for their country.

Many made huge sacrifices, not just on the battlefield but also at home where people came together to share resources, support each other and protect the vulnerable.

Some simply called it doing the right thing.

At the end of WWII Australia had fewer than 7.5 million citizens, causing concern that we were underpopulated, so the government adopted a populate or perish approach to immigration policy.

Today our population is almost 25 million and growing by one person every one minute and 24 seconds.

Wherever you live, chances are the population has increased and yet the number of people we are really concerned about in our everyday lives seems to have shrunk.

Our jobs, immediate families, our superannuation and making sure our own daily needs are met are far more likely to motivate us to act – and that is absolutely normal – but those things should not be our only reason for standing up and taking steps.

Sadly, on every street in every town or suburb there are people who do not even know the names of the people who live next door.

Whenever a heat wave or flood warning appears, it seems like we actually need an official reminder to do the right thing, like checking on elderly or otherwise vulnerable neighbours.

When did we become so clueless about doing the right thing that we need such a reminder?

The Beaudesert Times often publishes calls to action for community organisations that need help – and they sometimes attract thousands of “likes” on Facebook.

But to offer practical support usually requires coming out from behind your keyboard and sacrificing a weekend or getting your hands dirty for the greater good. 

Much like the cries for help we sometimes see on social media, sometimes the response requires a bit more effort  than typing a quick “I feel your pain #bestrong love-heart emoji” message.