Most of humanity has felt a need to help others, such as their friends, due to a feeling of social obligation. This is because a social obligation is an inner feeling within a person that causes that person to feel as though he or she needs to help the people that is often times seen in the person’s vicinity. An example of this would be how Europeans allowed for many middle eastern refugees to relocate themselves within Europe when the Middle Easterns faced threats of poverty and a over-powered leadership. This exemplifies humankind’s social need to help those around them as when middle eastern refugees fled to Europe from countries such as Turkey, Europeans felt as though they were obliged to help out and accept these victims. In my personal experience, I have come to the realization that it hard for me to deny help in response to another person’s request for help without at least attempting to aid them. Even when I would be better off myself if I had not answered the beseeching calls of my peer who was in need, I would decide to help them due to the pressure from the social obligation I faced.
Similar to our social obligation, another important factor that makes us responsible for another person is our moral obligations: our need to act for the benefit of what we consider to be good and fight against an evil of society for this cause. In the March for our lives, many Americans who have seen the violence caused by violent shootings around the country have come together to take a stand for increased gun control. These protesters are coming together to fight for this cause because they have been informed of the tragic deaths that gun violence has brought about in recent times and feels it to be their obligation to attempt to stop these outbreaks of violence. They believe that it is their moral obligation to end unnecessary bloodshed caused by these events and that they have the power to end gun violence through the actions they take. Since they are not only fighting for themselves but also for their fellow citizens, this shows that they are taking up the responsibilities of others, who would have had to fight for their own safety from gun violence, and trying to do what is right by fighting what they believe to be a problem of society. In the book Of mice and men, the main character George is compelled to help his friend Lennie run away from an angry mob trying to kill Lennie. The reason for George’s interest in helping Lennie is that he knows that Lennie was actually innocent and had meant no harm. This leads him to act on his own instincts of supporting the truth and going against what he knows to be the faulty action: attempting to kill an innocent man.
Ultimately, our humanity, consisting of many feelings of obligation towards one another cause us to support each other. Although sometimes we are uncertain on whether our decision to help someone else was beneficial to ourselves or not, these obligations we feel within ourselves have helped humans to form peaceful societies that live in harmony with each other and support each other from our own downfalls. This cycle of supporting each other has ensured humanity’s survival for thousands of years and can continue to do so if we remain the way we are, supporting each other without expecting any recompense but only doing so because we know within ourselves that we must.