I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test.
Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest person you may have seen,
Ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her].
Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny?
In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for [such] millions?
Then you will find your doubts and yourself melt away.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Volunteering is important. It will help you understand the issues that impact us collectively and can help you develop a thorough understanding of issues. Only through an aware citizenry can we negotiate our differences and come together to find solutions.
It is also important to note that not all volunteering needs to be political or call upon large sacrifices. We must ourselves judge what we can contribute and then make that effort.
Our volunteering work will introduce you to like-minded people and help you develop an independent understanding of your roles and rights as a citizen. For the youth, the various interactions will also go a long way in developing you as a more aware and confident individual.
Volunteer, but not out of anger, but from the calm reasoning that leads you to believe in preserving the rule of law and wanting to contribute for the welfare of every citizen of this country.