Volume 96, Issue 10
Friday September 13, 2002

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Are we our brother's keeper?

To the editor:

Last year at this time, I was merely a high school student, in a generally non-cosmopolitan school. Life was very simple.

Suddenly the horrific day of Sept. 11 changed my life forever.

We all remember what we were doing on 9/11, as we often remember events with that degree of emotion. Life could never be the same. I began to look at the world in a different way, began to contemplate what the meaning of life was and what the point of living was.

Then a question came to me, retroactively, something I learned in religious school years before. "Am I my brother's keeper?"

The Bible asks this question about human beings and their nature. A year has gone by and not a single day passes when I don't think about my brothers, that is, the people I share this planet with – the many that I share classrooms with at the university: people of different races, religions, sexes and sexual orientations.

There was a case study done called The Broken Window Effect which said if a vandal broke a window and nobody noticed or reported it, then vandalism would escalate to an uncontrollable point. Similarly, if we don't give chances to our fellow men and women, if we don't interact and befriend them, then the problem will continue to grow.

Are we our brother's keeper? Yes – because we want to protect our world, live safely and peacefully. However, to want this without putting forth effort is selfish. If we don't live harmoniously, tragedies will continue to happen, like 9/11 and the conflicts in the Middle East.

Students of this multicultural university should look for at least one friend who is different from them. They should practice altruism. This is the stepping stone towards making London and the university a better place.

Brian Gray
Health Sciences I

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