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You’re watching a street scene when a bus shelter passes you by, with a young girl sitting in the shelter, looking cold and despondent. Someone walks by and suddenly there is a child where the young girl was. The caption asks the viewer if they would not help the older child, why would they have a young baby?

When you walk the streets of any urban center you run into people that beg for alms, you know money or food for the poor. Do you give to these people or do you walk by asking yourself questions like why are they on the street, must be their fault they’re there, the money I could give may will probably be used for mischief, drugs, or booze. Every time we walk by such people the commercial mentioned above replays in our mind’s eye. Feeling guilty about those moments you could have stopped in your tracks, and helped someone, perhaps talked to them and try to understand their reality?

During this season of thanksgiving and good cheer, we may feel the need to give back, perhaps to someone we do not know or could ever know, a person down on their luck, with no home or good prospects. Why do many of us walk away from such people?

Judgment of Others: These people are responsible for the condition of their lives, and those of their families too. Or perhaps they are unlucky individuals, laid off with no finances to pay their rent or mortgage. Maybe they have addiction problems that lead them into a downward spiral. Family issues, where disputes drive someone away from the family home. Horrid abuse from a family member drives young people to the streets.

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We like to judge others, don’t we? Rather judge than be judged.

Self-introspection: Every time you see a homeless or poor person, something inside you responds and elicits an emotional response that draws you closer to that person. Really. Why do some get angry, frightened, and disturbed by such people? They looked within themselves asking themselves why they do not care for these people, or perhaps why they do not help them. Most people do not look into the eyes of a beggar, homeless person, or poor transient. Looking into someone’s eyes often elicits guilt or a personal responsibility that most of us are not willing to invest in, caring for one another. Ever been punished for helping others? I have given $ to street people, only to be bombarded with statements like “why are you wasting your hard earned $ on these losers”. I just say because I can. You know the old adage “if not you, who”?

I am certain some people’s opinions and responses to these people would change if you were ever in their boots. Have you ever had to rely upon the kindness of strangers? Ever been lost, without money or direction? We often take kind gestures for granted until we are the needy recipients of such kindness.

These lyrics speak volumes “Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being around.
Help me get my feet back to the ground,
Won’t You please, Please Help Me”(The Beatles)

It’s an anthem, a call to action now and forever more. The poor and disadvantaged will be with us forever and a day. We cannot change that fact. Millions will be starving while we have family dinners during this holiday season. You and I don’t have to go to Africa, Asia, The Middle East, or Latin America to help. Check out your neighbors, local communities, and region.

P.S. It is very difficult asking for help. Most individuals look to other avenues to get what they need. Imagine a better world, a world that starts with your selfless compassion for others.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

 

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