I’m angry…damned angry. Boiling mad angry. This is a rant my friends and if you don’t wish to see the darker side of SBI please look away. Come back again on another day. That is a warning and this is a rant!
I feel someone should speak up here. I suppose I lead a sheltered existence, safe in my little blog world where I am surrounded by enlightened and caring people. I do however venture out to the virtual world at large, and oh yes, we all know this world can be ugly, unbearably ugly.
I try to stay away from all this but I am concerned. I do care and I am curious. I recently visited the Huffington Post. It is a place I go. I have an account there and I am called theindigoside. As the name suggests it is the indigo side. I can get somewhat political but I am me, and all the me I can be.
I ran into a story:
This is all very sad. Many of us in The United States have no health care. I was chatting with a British friend of mine on Facebook and had a difficult time explaining how our system “works”. I personally have recently lost my benefits and those for my two children. It is a scary thing to be at risk like that but I am grateful and I feel blessed to have all that I do…but I digress. This rant is not about me.
This poor man in the story is a homeless and obviously desperate man. He could be mentally ill. He could have a myriad of problems. This is not my point….it is obvious again that he could be doing better but he is not. THAT is a fact. We could go over who and what the problem is. We could blame the government, the Democrats or the Republicans. We could blame the one percent or the 99. We could blame his parents, society or corporations..we could even blame the man himself.
The world is f**ked my friends, oh yes, we all know this…
This is all valid but this is not why I am so upset, at least not at this time. Right now, I am upset about the type of comments this story received. I am appalled really.
No one saw the sadness, no one had any empathy for this man. Some blamed the “freeloaders” of society. Many had someone or something to blame. Some made fun of his appearance and all the comments I read blamed him in some way. Not one of them had any sympathy for this poor fellow human.
It was a competition on who could be more clever and witty than the person before them. I probably put myself up for ridicule with these people but I had to speak up…I had to…
This was my response:
“However someone looks at it. Whoever someone blames for the ills of society. Whatever someone says trying to be clever and witty all the while sitting at home with a full stomach and a nice warm comfortable bed to retire to. In this someone’s opinion it is a sad and sorry state that has befallen us when no one has any sympathy, empathy or any sort of feelings for a fellow human being.
NO one is immune to adversity. However and whatever some may think. One’s fate can turn on a dime, just like that. This story is just sad. Damn sad all around.”
And it is not just here. It is everywhere. I see smug self-satisfied people judging others. It is so easy to do so. It is easy for some to tell themselves that their luck or success or whatever is due to the deserving of it. It also is easy to save one’s compassion for the attractive while condemning those who are not so much; old people, ill people ,the homeless, the wretched, the insane, and the troubled. It is easy for some to blame and condemn, to point the finger to all except themselves.
Many rich people have worked very hard and so have many poor people. Good fortune plays a huge role and that fortune can and does change. As we all know the rain falls on us one and all.
I know for a fact that you are not like this. You are compassionate and wise and wonderful.
Surrounded by people like you all the time one could think everyone is like you, but this is not the case. I know I am preaching to the choir here. I guess what I’m trying to say….
…next time you hear some of this garbage being spewed by your fellow human please stand up for us. Set the record straight, help us all and preach understanding and compassion. Let those who hold these sorts of negative and unproductive opinions know that that sort of thing will not be tolerated. Speak up for the voiceless, the misunderstood and the ugly. Stand up for the ill and the homeless and the poor people who have done nothing wrong but be poor. We all deserve kindness.
Thanks for listening,
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato
- Everybody Hurts by REM (YouTube)
- Timothy Alsip, Oregon Homeless Man, Robs Bank For $1, Asks To Go To Jail To Access Healthcare (huffingtonpost.com)
- Raleigh Police Threaten to Arrest Church Volunteers for Feeding Homeless (swampland.time.com)
- Sick Oregon Man ‘Robs’ Bank For One Dollar To Get Health Care In Jail (thinkprogress.org)