Friday, September 7, 2007

876 The human element of caring: Seeing the homeless as just like us

Message no. 876[Branch from no. 858] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Thursday, April 26, 2007 10:59am Subject: Re: Relational Summ.....Varshawn

Hi Varshawn,

I really appreciated your empathetic approach to the issue of homelessness and for emphasizing the difficulties people in the city face that we may never know. I find many people far too critical of the homeless, always blaming the victim or tossing it off as, "well, they are usually drug addicts or drunks" as if that justifies their condition, instead of empathizing with the history that might have produced such despair. I am also an emotional person and my heart goes out to every suffering person as if they were me. The Paul McCartney song "Well it could happen to you..." runs through my brain all the time, and the haunting adage "many of us are just one paycheck away from being homeless." Fortunes are made and lost, and often it is sheer luck or chance that we got through the scrapes we did and are comfortable.

Thanks for bringing that very human element of caring and being an advocated of those less fortunate into your analysis!

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