In my previous post, I talked of how I know someone who is homeless. He’s a co-worker that I’m determined to help. And it got me to thinking…
Each of us go through our private hells. Whether it’s large or small, a sudden crisis or a long term issue, we all have to deall with tremendous difficulties from time to time.
It could be our health, or a concern about a loved one, a financial problem, a romantic relationship in trouble. It could be something internal. A crisis of confidence, a realization and acceptance of a long term or even permanent condition. It could be based on something that can’t be reversed.
Right now I know someone who recently had a foot amputated because of diabetes, I know of a woman who had lupus and can’t find a job, I know of another woman whose mother as cancer, and I know a single mom of two kids who can’t make ends meet because her ex-husband is a deadbeat.
I got to wondering…why is it that so many of us almost willingly show no concern for our fellow man? Meaning in general…many of us may show some sympathy to specific individuals who are struggling with life.
Is it because we’ve seen an overall breakdown of family that makes us less caring of our communities?
Is it because we’ve become to self-absorbed with trying to “get ahead” that we fail to take time to see deeper meanings in life?
Is it because we’ve used up some sort of sympathy quota that we have and wish to not spend any more time on it?
Is it because we want to stigmatize those that are struggling in order to position them as being “different” from us in order to reassure ourselves that we would never find ourselves in their position?
Is it because, for some, showing concern makes us appear to be weak?
I dunno…but I figure with all of the problems out there, one would thing that there would be a greater “brotherhood of man”.