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Friday, 10 October 2008
I don't really know what I'm feeling right now.  World markets are tanking and I'm losing what I have invested.  We're supposed to work and save right?  We're supposed to do the right thing, be thrifty, responsible, etc., and we'll be OK in our old age, right?

Not so much I fear.

And I am afraid.  I only have my own income.  I rent, and now I have to worry if the owner is making his mortgage payments.  If he defaults, I could be evicted even though I pay my rent.  If I ran things, I'd leave everyone in their homes and apartments just to keep millions off the streets and homeless.  The drain on the infrastructure will be even more severe with people out of their homes.  

It's not the 1930's when the population was 123 million people according to the 1930 census.  A 25% unemployment rate meant that approximately  30 million people were out of work.  It's 2008 and according to the 2000 census there are 281,421,906 people making the current unemployment rate of 6.1% unemployment 17 million+ already.  At 25% unemployment that will leave 70+ million people unemployed.  And that does not count illegal aliens.

Where are 70 million people going to live?  Even if they are on the streets, the public health issue is enormous.  Keeping the peace staggering under these conditions.  There aren't many places to pitch a tent any longer, and even if there were... 70 million people!!  Think about it.

And so I am afraid.  Not of being one of the 70 million, but for what that kind of poverty and homelessness will do to the nation.  There is such contempt for the poor and homeless now.  We see those people on the corners.  They are dirty.  They smell.  Now think about millions of people standing on the corner asking to work for food.  Not only do we have to deal with our own fear for our personal future, but we're all going to have to confront what compassion still resides in our hearts.  How much can we give to help a neighbor?  Will we rise as a nation to help our neighbors, or will we turn our heads and hold our nose at the smell of poverty and hopelessness.

The homeless know something we don't know.  They know it can happen to any of us.  Any of us can find ourselves ruined and on the street.  I wonder if this catastrophe will soften our hearts or harden them even further.

We live in interesting times.  I wonder what we will all find out about ourselves in these times.
Caitriona posted @ 18:13 - Link - comments (2)



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