MR says: The following is a post from Dan Reynolds, frontman for the rock band Imagine Dragons and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This post fits beautifully with the recent letter released by the First Presidency urging Church members to help care for refugees. We can all learn from Reynolds' example and this touching, true account of his visit to refugees in Germany.
Like many people, I find most of my information regarding world news on the internet. I have a regular routine of waking in the morning and scouring the web to keep updated on world events. It’s the modern day newspaper, except the sources seem to be endless and the opinions are far more reaching.
Now that the world seems to be consolidated into a computer screen, it’s even easier to fall into the trap of thinking that you understand an issue thoroughly based on a little browsing. Light research can quickly become an unchangeable opinion.
Some seem to have the answers to the world’s problems at hand, even if they are hundreds of thousands of miles away from ground zero. Others are so overwhelmed by the constant outpour of devastating news that they don’t even know where to start.
It’s understandable for people to think that they know what it feels like to be in the shoes of others just based upon articles/pictures/videos they’ve seen on the internet. It’s also very easy to become numb or overwhelmed with the amount of world problems at hand. We often have to make our best assumptions and opinions based on the few resources we have, and often that’s the internet, not real life experience.
The sad truth is that the internet doesn’t even begin to capture the true heartbreaking reality of what it is to be a refugee.