In a society that constantly tries to feed us manipulated statistics to make us feel, or act, or think in a certain manner, we must practice constant vigilance. When taking numbers at face value in a world where there are certain expectations for all aspects of our life, it can be easy to accept what the media and other influences place in front of us. However, it is because of those expectations that everything must be questioned so that we can reach our own conclusions about how our world and society interacts with the rest of the world and cultures all over the world. We live in an incredible country, which abounds with opportunity and education. We are exposed everyday to the culture of others, and that is a blessing in so many ways. We have a responsibility to our neighbors to be helpful in every way we can. If the neighbor next door has never had an education, and tells their children that college is much too expensive and there is no way to ever afford it, you can diplomatically make that young man or woman aware of opportunities to them. There are many scholarships and grants available to those of low-income, minority, or first generation college students. You will lose nothing in this scenario. You are not out money, or resources, merely words used to plant a seed of future success. What statistics find it hard to capture is the DECISIONS and GOODWILL that our communities contain. If you and your family can aid one child in continuing their education and thus, they attain a better job, thus enabling them to make more money, thus enabling their family to no longer live in poverty, can you imagine how absolutely incredible our country could be? How beautiful would our great nation be, once more united together, arms linked, to make our home front strong through education? Do not let the numbers stand for everything. They only capture a minute aspect of the masterpiece that is our nation.
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” -MLK, Jr.