Stay with me here, I understand that picking up some plates and trash off of a table is really no big deal. And as far as the group who left the mess...well, we've all done it.. be honest. But as I sat back down and started working again, I couldn't wrap my head around the two people who were clearly disturbed by the mess. They found it rude and presumptuous for the group to leave their trash. And they were clearly impressed and glad I cleaned it up and not an employee. But never once did either of them move.
I think this over simplified example can draw a strong parallel to people's involvement in, or lack there of, social change. You see, nobody likes to see hungry children. Most people are appalled at the number of people sold into sex and labor trafficking. I'm sure the majority of individuals in this world wish everyone had clean water to drink from and a roof over their head. But it stops there. They will care about the issues from the safety of their home, or when it doesn't challenge their budget. Nobody wants to get up from their table, pick up trash somebody else left, and clean. And we know why. It's messy. It's challenging. Sometimes, it's even a little scary. To take on the burdens and pains of another person requires much of us. But to sit and "care" about these people from our safe, warm tables and only talk about the wrong that is being done, I would argue, is continuing the injustice.
People need you to get up, to move. People are dying, every single day. And as big and messy and scary as some of these issues seem to combat, imagine enduring them your whole life. Move.