Imagine you're standing in the corner of the photograph on the left and have to place your toe on one of the hearts which will then take your life in a completely different direction - which heart would you pick?
Last night I watched a man at the corner of Morris and Brenton slide down a pole he'd been hanging onto and slump deeply within himself, succumbing to sadness and too much alcohol. Since I'd already been in bed and wasn't dressed I watched from the window to see if he'd just stumbled momentarily or whether he really needed help. As he tried unsuccessfully to get up and then eventually to lay there in the snow, I watched as people filed by without offering the man a glance never mind a hand. From the upstairs landing, I called down to Pete to phone the police so that the man wouldn't freeze to death in a snowbank. Of course, I could have gotten dressed and gone down myself to see how I could help and that would have changed our life course in other ways.
I was about to claim no judgment here, but that would be a lie. I really hope that someone in that group of people who filed by seemingly completely unaffected by a man lying in a snowbank unable to get up did go around the corner, pull out their cell phone and call for help, but if not, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING????
Is it that you're so superior that you can't possibly imagine that ever happening to you or to anyone you love? In this far-fetched reality, wouldn't you want someone to lend a hand? Why is it that when we see an innocent child reaching for a doll, we instinctively reach out to help? Remove the child from the picture and insert a grown-up (who once WAS A CHILD) and then we just stroll on by - get the frickin' doll yourself dude!
Last night, I felt transported onto a playground watching a bunch of children who remain silent and look the other way while others are bullied. It all begins there.
In contrast, I grew up in a house where that man in the snowbank would probably have moved in for a few months till he got back on his feet because my parents believed that everyone got 'down on their luck' once in awhile and that giving them a hand wasn't something to be recognized, it was just the HUMAN thing to do!
Happy Valentine's Day All & especially to Pete, the 'red heart' on my chandelier. . .
Please spread some love around - the world needs it!
P.S. If someone believes in nothing, can they still write about something?