Do we owe?
There is a lot of inequality in the society. The divide is witnessed between rich and poor, genius and dumb, able and handicapped, and so on. Every citizen owes a responsibility towards the fellow-citizens. The haves owe a duty towards the have-nots. Hence all citizens are required to perform a specified amount of public service. Besides benefiting the nation, it fills in a sense of satisfaction within the individuals themselves.
Mother Teresa is one example of a selfless sacrifice made for serving the poor. Despite being a Yugoslavian, she took Indian citizenship. She did not think about her desires and served the poor in India endlessly. She found a sense of achievement in cleaning leper’s wounds, providing shelter to homeless, giving a place to the dying instead of leaving them to die on the roads.
Channels of service
Social welfare organizations like Red Cross, WHO, constantly prod activity by publishing articles and staging demonstrations to cite the plight of the poor and the less privileged. Health, shelter and clothing form important areas of service. Active involvement of all citizens of a country is more important than the intermittent work done by international organizations. These organizations do no help in providing a permanent solution. They jump into action when a natural disaster or contingency triggers chaos e.g. they volunteer to provide relief to drought-affected, flood-inflicted areas or to areas shattered by earthquakes.
People are required to do something for the society even in normal times. There is enough poverty and misery around the world to prevent us from waiting for the right opportunity for serving the people. May be all citizens should get the awareness that sharing a part of what they have does not deprive them of the comfort they yearn for.
Corporates should make it a point to donate a part of their earnings to the welfare of the have-nots. Other citizens should follow this as well. National boundaries are not a constraint for service as proved by Mother Teresa. May be citizens can provide service in terms of contributing for creating a school for the poor, homes for the downtrodden etc. Everything need not be left to the government or the authorities. We can also share their responsibility.
Thus the citizens should perform a specific amount of public service, and this service benefits not only the nation but also the individuals themselves.