What concerns you about your world? What do you hope to do to make it better?

What concerns you about your world? What do you hope to do to make it better?

In 2011, a two-year old girl passed away in China, arousing heated debate about collective apathy and distrust. Little Yueyue was hit by a car. The driver fled, leaving her in the street. Eighteen people passed by without helping. When she was discovered and sent to the hospital, it was too late.

Collective apathy is a major problem in my society; it perhaps comes from a distrust of others, a fear of being tricked or taken advantage of, and a selfish belief that if it doesn’t benefit oneself, one shouldn’t risk standing out from the crowd and taking action. Even if one does a kind act, many distrust the motives. For example, in 2006, Peng Yu was getting off the bus and saw an old lady on the ground: someone else had pushed her. Peng helped and sent her to the hospital. But, surprisingly, that lady asserted that Peng had pushed her. In court, Peng lost the lawsuit because it seemed unrealistic he would help; the judge asked: “If you didn't push her, why would you send her to hospital?”

I believe these incidents insidiously persuade people to be apathetic. And this is what concerns me about my school, too. For example, bullying has become a growing problem, and few have the desire to stop it. I hope to stand up for what’s right,...

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