If you’ve flown on an airplane before, then I’m sure you are familiar with the following:
“In the event of a sudden loss in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs.”
Now, there is a reason that the adult should put the mask on first and then attend to those around them. The adult needs to maintain his or her mental and physical faculties so they can effectively take care of others. This is not self-serving.
I think there is an important lesson that can be learned from this. To make the world a better place, the first place to start is with yourself. People need to put themselves first every once in a while and work on themselves. I am an active member of my church and spend much of my time volunteering. I can’t tell you the number of parishioners that come in each day to help the less fortunate, when in fact they should be helping themselves. It’s as if they are trying to overshadow their own problems and concerns by those who have even greater problems. How on earth can we make the world a better place if people are overly concerned with others to the point that they are in fact harming themselves? As MJ would say, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.”