I took a college-level course titled “School and the Community,” where it was emphasized that the school is a part of the community where it is located. That idea can characterize an individual who lives in an area. We should have the right to expect help and services when we need them. We should all be helpful and give service to others. We can be a part of neighborhood watch, support church parishes, tutor children, and watch someone else’s child when the parents need that help.

We should all be available for the elderly, the sick and the disabled as much as we can. It can be a little thing like holding open the door in a building or helping someone carry a package. More and more, every day, we have to realize that our community is large and is more than just our immediate surroundings. Edna St. Vincent Millay once said, “The world stands out on either side, no wider than the heart is wide. Above the world is stretched the sky, no higher than the soul is high… and he whose soul is flat, the world will cave in on him, by and by.”

We should always help when we can and hope for assistance from other people when we need it ourselves.

For some, the mandate of worldwide service is strong. It should be limited, I believe, where the question of governmental action is concerned. The United States is not a worldwide army. The government should not interfere in other governments’ business unless a small number of people are at-risk because of the way that government treats them.

I believe a large number of people have to fend for themselves and, if necessary, throw off the chain that restricts them.