Friday, January 11, 2008

Brother, can you spare your inane comments?

A co-worker just stopped by for typical Friday morning chitchat, and all was pleasant, until somehow, she started in on how the homeless people you see begging outside probably make more money than we do. And how this guy who sets up "camp" next to a building near where she lives, "has it made."

Come on. If it's that luxurious a lifestyle, then why don't you give it a shot? If you think they are undeservedly earning more than you, with far less effort than you, why aren't you out there with your handmade sign and coffee cup?

I didn't say that, exactly, but I did point out that I don't think he actually would consider that he 'has it made."

I think sometimes people are uneasy and uncomfortable in acknowledging that they are more fortunate than other people - white, middle class, reasonably healthy (mentally and physically), educated - and that anyone who isn't must be somehow at fault, and must be abusing either "the system" or the good intentions of the people who toss loose change at them.

Do you seriously think that a man sitting on a square of a cardboard is better off than you are?


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