A Post that does Not make much Sense

Upto 5 years ago, our Ashram used to House and Care for about 16 Homeless People at a time, while helping some 40 more by way of Daycare. I have had to stop as I had to shift, and have no facilities to house People just now. My Help these days takes the form of Daycare alone. …As for today’s post, came across what I would say a Meaningless and Senseless one in Facebook in this regard. As Usual, am Pulling No Punches.

Homeless People are No Novelty in India. You will find them Outside our Railway Stations, Near or Bus stands, and In our Bus Stops, looking Lost and Dejected. Not only that, there is an Old People’s Home in our Very Street, and Two more within 2 Kms of where I sit just now, but our Village is special, as there are many Ashrams here.

Let us now come to the post:

homeless a w bg

First of All, let me make it Clear that I am Not writing this post against ‘Jesus Daily.’ Who Knows what all Good things they are doing. BUT. Here are the Problems: This Man looks Educated, and seems to come from at least a Middle Class Home. In India, People would think Nothing of Lying Down under a Tree on the Bare Ground, and if Homeless, find the Shelter of a Bus Stop as a God Send.

bus stop comp

Composite from: j0035001.blogspot.com and fox2now.com …Evidently both are different ones. But they are only to show the Dilapidated conditions they are generally in. For most Indians to live in these kinds of conditions is Old Hat. But for Educated People!

The World is creating the Homeless day by day. russia downs another Civilian airliner (this Malaysian one is the second, as far as I remember, there was a Japanese one some years ago), and Bingo, how many families of the passengers affected? The ISIS decides to kidnap, hold hostage, chase out or frighten away People, who had paid Lakhs (Hundred of Thousands, albeit Rupees), to go and work there, and where are they Now? AND How many are Abandoning their Parents?

Where I do not see the sense is in the Post in question is in these things:

  • Somebody photographs a Homeless Man,
  • Leaves Him Sitting there,
  • Posts His picture and gather ‘Likes,’
  • AND Thinks that Everything is Solved by Saying an ‘Amen.’

Was the Man ‘Posing’ for this picture? His Eyes say it is Not so.

What We Can and Should Do in situations like these, besides providing Him with a Meal is this:

Offer Him Shelter. Do it as a Community. A Few Neighbours, together. Work at it. BOLD Steps, Sure. But I am Used to Talking to Lions.

Let us Not think He would Not be Pestersome. People who have had to live like this would be full of Resentment.

Too many are Ready to say: “There are details that maybe we don’t want to hear, things we didn’t want to know.” Let us Firmly leave such statements to Others. Let the Blood Run Red in our Veins.

Frankly, this ‘my’ post comes under all the headings/tags I mention: A page called ‘Jesus Daily’ posts this. I would expect ‘Leadership’ in Religious Issues from such a page. But such a Spineless kind of a thing Disappoints, Hugely.

By Saying an Amen and going away, We Cannot Expect to Receive God’s Blessings, His Love, Peace or Happiness.

Taking a picture of a Homeless Person, getting ‘Likes’ out of this, and asking People to say ‘Amen’ makes No Sense. If We would Profess that Christ lives in Each and Every one of Us, then We have to Prove it to Him by our Actions.

8 comments

  1. In US, I saw many well-dressed people standing by roadside with ‘Job wanted’ or some such message. I guess the level of penury varies country to country. What is luxury to penniless may seem as necessity to a country that is used to prosperity.
    But yes, solving a problem should include more employment – that is the best method for self-respect and dignity.
    In our BMC, there are about 4000 vacant servant posts – yet so many people are unemployed. Why this imbalance? Administration is not appointing new people so as to not pay salaries.

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    • Thanks for writing, Sweety!

      I think all this comes from people in general thinking that Democracy is All about, and ONLY about Voting!

      If We do not keep our Eyes, Thumbs and Even our Teeth on our dear administrators, they will keep eating us. And We shall keep begging (for Jobs and other things).

      That is why I write so much on Social Issues! Love. 🙂

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  2. Ah, I see. RTI was a fantastic weapon, but I read today that many RTIs are kept pending and now anything that doesn’t look like public interest RTI will go down the drain.
    That will be sad.
    Sometimes I think they purposely keep common man entangled in job, daily travel, increasing costs et al, so that we have hardly any energy left to question them/ take them to task/ pursue them.
    Perhaps, the judicial system should be streamlined to produce a verdict in 5 sittings or so. It’s bcos of delays that common man would rather compromise than go file a case.

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  3. Thank You for Your Great Interest, Sweety! Am enjoying these conversations with You.
    As You would know, there are No Simple solutions to Our situation. The Problem is that Mankind has left things just ‘Be,’ out of Laziness, Apathy and Stupidity.
    We have let others, most of them Selfish nincompoops, rule over us. And it has become like a Run-away train. We have to catch up, and put things right, and no ‘Heroes’ are going to come to our rescue, as they do in movies. The US Marines are NOT going to arrive at the nick of time.
    We just Cannot depend on the judges. They are as corrupt as Most men, if not more.

    One thing We can do: IN the areas that We live, We have to GET TOGETHER, and challenge the local ‘councillors,’ (as in the case of India), and see that they toe the line.

    It CAN be done. The Only question is, Will Mankind do it?

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    • Hello, my Dear S! What WE, Mankind will do will definitely depend upon Our Priorities, Our Values.

      Just now it all Earn, Earn, Earn, and Find Ways to Spend. …And, ‘Hang the Future of my Children and Grandchildren.’

      One Chooses!

      Regards. 🙂

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