If you don’t care, why should I? Or if I don’t care, why should you? Have you ever felt either of those before? Why should we care if the other person doesn’t? Because it’s something we believe in. Because it’s important. Because of love.
Oh, I know there are times when we can continue to love and yet stop doing things that others don’t seem to care about anyway. But sometimes we think others don’t care when they actually do, but maybe not to the same degree. Or maybe immaturity or a lack of training makes them seem like they don’t care. Or maybe because we have always taken care of something, others simply trust we will continue to do so and not take up the responsibility or ownership of it.
What if someone really doesn’t care? What might bring them to that place? I know for myself, when I am tempted to throw my hands up in the air and stop caring, it’s because I feel discouraged and alone, I feel a lack of support or interest from others, or I feel misjudged. If no one else cares, why should I? I think it’s the same reason people ask, “If I don’t care, why should you?” They have already felt a sense of abandonment, and sometimes they even become self-destructive. They have already felt like no one else cares, and a part of them stops caring too. Think about it. If everyone took that position, then no one would care, and it would create a vicious cycle.
Why should we care? Because some things are important, because it’s what we firmly believe in, because there are some things in this world that are worth caring for, simply because of their intrinsic value and nature — if we don’t, then who will?