When I was little, we had a book called, What Would Happen if Everybody Did? Possibly my parents still own it. It went through somewhat commonplace or comical situations and asked the question, “What would happen if everybody did that?” The bottom line of the book message was responsibility and selflessness.
I’ve been remembering this book more and more as I see the downward spiral of our culture. People don’t seem to be thinking about the repercussions of the decisions they make, and it can be life and death sometimes.
Let me give you some examples.
People that litter and expect others to clean up their messes for them are being selfish. What would happen if everybody littered and expected others to clean it up?
We are part of a community that meets in a home, and everyone is supposed to bring a potluck-type dish to share for lunch. Inevitably, a handful of people show up with nothing, or something very small. That’s so selfish, because have they thought about what would happen if everyone did that?
Women who reject the idea of motherhood in favor of pursuing a career are selfish. What they’re actually doing is putting the “burden” of raising a family on another woman, and taking away someone else’s “right” to make the same choice as they did. What would happen if every woman decided they wanted a career instead of kids?
Homosexuals and women who abort their babies are inherently selfish, because by choosing that lifestyle or choosing an abortion, they are removing other people’s right to the same choice. What would happen if everyone chose to be homosexual or chose to have an abortion? More specifically, what would have happened to those same people if their parents had made that choice?
Obviously, these people are probably not consciously selfish. Probably more like thoughtless.
It seems to me, though, that whenever you’re faced with a decision, a good question to ask might be, “What would happen if everybody did the same thing?”
P.S. – Italy and Germany are both facing extinction because of the choices their nation has made with regard to reproduction. Think about that.