In the times of need, during natural disasters, economic crisis, war and other forms of societal instabilities, there is an even bigger necessity to be empathetic and helpful to others. You never know when you can be struck by a misfortune and in these times even the farthest strangers can become your allies and even friends.
The lack of understanding for other people’s misfortune is one of the sources of “evil” in this world. We could never be mean to each other if we would see the real human side of others and they of us. Is this really that difficult in this day and age? The world is more connected than ever. But this connection is only the superficial one. We are all busy with our lives and worries, that we rarely stop for a second and take a look at how fortunate we might be and others not so much.
Even if you don’t come from a rich country, but you do have the essential material things, health and a good head on your shoulders you could create a better life for yourself and others.
I am not saying that I am always thinking of others, I do get preoccupied with my own worries and overthink things many times, but I do know that whenever I make a distance from myself and look after others and try to take their perspective, my head becomes a less crowded and a less messy place. It may seem a bit contradictory, but whenever we think less of ourselves, our being is expanding and our head-space is clearer and free for other, more productive, things.
We all share the same human story that can differ on the outside, but on the inside, is the same human consciousness with the same needs and worries. In my opinion this is not some idealistic world-view, but a starting point where we can all recognize each other as fellow human beings and feel like we are at home, wherever we might be.