As hopeless as the world appears to be, as down I am about the holidays and my own personal problems. I do get nuggets of hope.
I cherish these nuggets, because in my world, they are few and far between. I tend to question everything with this one word: Why?
Why if we have the resources, why can’t we solve problems? Why if we have the intelligence, why can’t we solve problems? Why isn’t taking care of people in need a top priority in our world?
We are a powerful country, a wealthy country, home to super wealthy corporations, but we seem to have become a country of people who don’t really care. It appears we have learned to blame the victims, and look the other way, as if they are not our reflection.
Society reflects itself, we are exactly what we see.
Why or what has led us to believe that it’s A-O.K. to let the homeless suffer in our streets? What twisted message have we been hearing that has warped our humanity into a callous self-righteous existence? What religion supports this? What government supports this? Why do we support this?
Mind you, I don’t believe that we as individuals think that this is right. But when faced with the decision as to what should be done about it we get over whelmed, we don’t know how to help, and we end up doing nothing. And by doing nothing, we are essentially turning our backs on people in need.
I don’t have much extra money, at the moment, but I am going to NYC tomorrow, and I will be taking twenty five dollar bills and handing them out to homeless people. I think I will make PB&J sandwiches to go along with the money. A simple brown paper bag with a sandwich and a five. I want to help, I want them to know that they are not forgotten.
So where’s the hope?
Where are the nuggets I spoke about?
The “hope-nuggets” are people I meet who do good things. They are individuals who are standing up and showing they care. Many I know in person, and others I know through on-line relationships. Those are the hope-nuggets, real live people. Individual people who are making a difference how ever they can.
Thank you for existing. Thank you for sharing, and never give up on making someone’s life better. You restore my hope in humanity and you inspire me to be a better human being. I am so grateful for all of you.
Inspiration: “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. ” ~Gandhi