As a society, we have become heartless.
Homeless people who are living in tents bothered us. “They are too close,” we say, and grumble about a woman who sleeps in her car, and who has chosen our safe subdivision to do so.
“I read that some of them actually have a car and a home. They only pretend to be poor.”
“I read most of them are alcoholics or drug addicts.”
Yes, there are black sheep, we all know that. There are always some who will abuse a system -any system. That’s nothing new! But we should not focus on the black sheeps.
The way we treat the poorest of the poor is wrong. Every chain is only as strong as the weakest link. The poor are our weakest link!
What does it take to walk by a man who is begging for food because he is hungry?
There is actually a word for it: Aporophobia, the rejection of the poor. The disgust and hostility some show toward poor people are brutal, or perhaps it’s only the fear of being one of them.
Years ago, a professor came to the class and announced a test. She distributed the task sheets as usual face down. Then she asked the students to pick up the test and start.
To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions on the paper – all that was shown was a black dot in the middle of the white paper.
Now the professor asked the students:
“Please write down what you see on the sheet!”
The students were irritated, but tackled the task.
At the end of the hour, the professor collected all the sheets and looked at the answers. She then read them aloud. The students had invariably described the black dot. Its position in the middle of the sheet, its position in space, the size ratio to the side and so much more.
The professor smiled and explained the test.
“I wanted to give you a task to think about. None of you have written anything about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same thing happens frequently in our lives. We received a white paper to use and design, but we focus on the dark spots.
Notice the dark, black dots, but focus your attention primarily on the light, white paper. Only then will you become aware of the possibilities in your life. Share the joyful moments, the bright in your life with other people! See the good!”
The ones who abuse the system or beg for money for a living are the black dot.
We should never focus on them.