Jan 31, 2018

Change Your Values, Change The World

In Western culture, money is everything. If you do not have money you become homeless, poor, itinerate. You are the same person you were when you had money; but that does not count anymore. Unless you can prove your wealth by paying high rent, owning a home, traveling, driving a nice car, wearing good clothes, etc, then you have become either invisible or an eyesore. There are about 200,000 American citizens living on our streets. We drive by them, clucking our tongues. We turn away from them. We may give them a dollar or two but it is hardly real help. They have become some kind of "other" that we do not want to recognize.

For most of us, all it would take to become one of "them" is a couple of missed paychecks; a foreclosure, a lay off, an illness. I know people who live in their self created little ivory towers who are completely convinced that "those people" are at fault; that they are lesser beings, that they deserve nothing but disdain. It is so easy to ignore what we think does not have anything to do with us. But when 200,000 people (enough to fill a modern city) are without resources, it is our problem because it is our creation. Something is out of kilter for this to be as fast growing as it is.

Yes, there is a percentage of those on the street who have fallen to drugs or alcohol but the vast majority are families, single mothers, children, and youth who have fled abusive homes or who have become too old for foster care and are suddenly on their own. We value money over everything else. Our humanity is at stake. Let's be the change we wish to see. "Change your values, change the world."

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