There is a sense of hopelessness in the world; this understanding that the problems are too large and the people too small. Everyone seems to “know” that there will always be corruption, greed, and hatred. Everyone except one somewhat obscure group of people who go about their business everyone day seeking peace and love for the sake of others; namely Social Workers.
You know, I don’t give a damn what the public thinks of Social Workers or what we do, its the sort of experience that you can only understand when you are on the inside. I fell in love with Social Work the first semester of my first year of grad school. I, like so many of my peers, walked into those rooms and for the first time found myself surrounded by a group of people I could relate to, together we found a place where we belonged. We were all labeled, dreamers, do-gooders, bleeding hearts, and Utopians when separated, but when we came together we became something much more.
Courtney and I started SJS because we believe in our profession. We believe the world is better for Social Work, and the world can be made better if Social Workers can figure out a way to unite their voices. It’s in the mission of SJS, Social Work is unique in that at its heart is a code of ethics that binds our conduct and vision. How is this world going to heal if the healers are not the ones leading it? The world has forgotten that healers do not just mend bones, but hearts as well. In fact the world has forgotten that leaders do not build economies, but communities.
That’s why I love Social Work, whether we succeed or fail in our grand visions, our efforts systematically restore that most necessary element of change: hope. When I walked into that class, my hope, my belief that change can happen was restored. Now all we have to do is convince the rest of the world.
Written by Matthew Cohen
SJS Staff Writer