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User Info There Is A Sickness That Haunts The Western World; entered at 2022-07-31 14:25:40
Posts: 202
Registered: 2021-10-29 Phoenix
Just... wow. Took me a few hours to read through this at is resonated strongly with me.

It is an experience that haunts me, albeit in a good way, to this day. What was virtuous in these interactions is not the cigarettes. It is not the money I gave him for the motel. I gave them something few others will give those of lower station in life: the time of day. To call to mind the brilliant Pink Floyd song On the Turning Away, I did not turn away. The poor need those in higher places (though mine at this time is not much higher) simply to acknowledge them. Take an interest. Dont take moral judgement on them (or at least not say Youre homeless because you are bad.)

I work in an urban area and the homeless/indigent are everywhere, so I have extensive experience with this, and a strikingly similar story. And I whole-heartedly agree that many homeless/indigent just want to be seen as regular people, not as charity. Requests for food or money or even a cig only occurs about 1/3 of the time I interact with them.

Through my own stupid actions, I could easily be on the other side of the conversation; I am extremely blessed and damn lucky that I'm not. And I promise God I will never forget that or take it for granted and never, ever forget how thin the line is between "us" and "them" and treat everyone like a human with value.
2022-07-31 14:25:40