The Importance of Caring for One Another

18 January, 2021
Caring for one another means exercising any behavior aimed at meeting a need, be it emotional or physical. Unfortunately, people seldom give it the importance it deserves in spite of it being beautiful and integral.

Caring for one another is important, especially after the biggest worldwide economic crises of recent times. The curious part is that humans tend to remember them. In fact, we even date and document them rather well. Thus, there’s a series of variables to analyze and these are mainly related to the causes and consequences.

Furthermore, there are other global crises that affect people as much or even more than economic crises. There’s a crisis of values in which humans learn to degrade any activities that pertain to caring for one another, among other things.

“It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry-

A woman looking out the window.

Where are humans headed?

Does promoting independence and autonomy mean the world is becoming individualistic? The answer is clear and unequivocal: no, it isn’t. Thus, one must promote these kinds of values in order to become a truly socially advanced society.

However, people tend to mix up the concepts of autonomy and individualization. You may not be aware of it but the latter has little to do with social evolution. Instead, it’s about the erroneous idea that you don’t need anyone to be happy. This is where the role of caring becomes important; it’s about making a clear distinction between these two tendencies. This is because they’re two sides of the same coin. Caring for people is one of the main animal hallmarks.

All species of the animal kingdom have a wide repertoire of behaviors of caring for their equals. Humans believe to be more evolved beings and, thus, should have more evolved attitudes towards caring for one another. However, the reality is somewhat different. Thus, caring for others must become a human trademark.

The current consideration of caring for one another

Care comprises every behavior directed to cover needs of diverse nature, such as physical, emotional, and social. People must provide certain care to anyone who’s vulnerable. This is because human beings are highly vulnerable. As you can see, the existence of a support network is quite necessary.

Caring for one another should be an important social consideration given its importance, but it isn’t. Often, humans underestimate these behaviors and attitudes, be it explicitly or implicitly. In fact, people in the field of caring for others don’t usually have proper working conditions and, thus, tend to drag a considerable emotional toll.

Two people holding hands.

Caring for one another as a philosophy of life

Perhaps, the word “care” conjures up a much smaller picture than it really means. Caring behavior is often associated with a medical context in which there’s an illness. Yes, of course, care is important in a health care setting, but there are other settings in which we can care for one another.

Emotional care, for example. The mere act of being there for someone, to be available to embrace, console, calm, and reassure. Everyone is going to need to be taken care of emotionally at some point. This is because there are many situations in life you must accept, even if these cause you pain and suffering.

It’s difficult to imagine a dedication so pure, beautiful, and necessary as caring for one another. Care doesn’t have the importance, respect, and social support it deserves, neither on a personal nor professional level.

The most powerful revolution is that in which everyone takes care of one another, especially in the prevailing social climate filled with tension, provocation, and confrontation.