It has been confirmed repeatedly that we really feel extra compassion towards a person than we do towards a bunch of individuals. However, now we’re taking a look at a barely completely different dynamic. Why are we feeling extra compassionate towards a homeless man who performs the piano brilliantly than we’re towards a 90-year-old man who has been arrested 3 times for feeding the homeless?
In each instances, the plight of the homeless is the middle of the controversy. Sure, this explicit homeless pianist has gone by way of hell and again however he’s nonetheless homeless, though that is about to vary with the gofundme marketing campaign on this man’s identify with a financial objective of $50,000 to purchase him a house, a automobile, and tuition for the three lessons he wants to finish his music idea diploma.
I really feel deeply compassionate for this man however no more so than I really feel for the lots of of hungry, homeless individuals who collect on a Fort Lauderdale seaside each Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. to be fed by a 90-year-old man, who doesn’t solicit donations from anybody, and whose solely crime is making an attempt to eradicate starvation in his neighborhood.
It is unusual to see individuals rush to assistance from individuals who have been hit by a pure catastrophe, or these whose properties have burned down, or youngsters who’re sick and dying and would love one very last thing earlier than they die, after which see these similar individuals making it against the law to feed the homeless and even to be homeless.
Some cities have gone as far as making it against the law for homeless individuals to sleep of their automobile or within the streets. One metropolis even makes it against the law to odor dangerous on metropolis property. And, yeah, homeless individuals would possibly odor dangerous if they do not have entry to showers and washing machines and the clothes on their again is the one clothes they personal.
In lots of cities, it is unlawful to sit down or lie on sidewalks, to dig by way of trash cans, to feed the homeless with out written permission, to sleep in public, to ask for assist, not only for cash, and a few cities also have a hotline to report homeless individuals who ask for cash on metropolis property.
The place are these do-gooders who make speeches about eliminating poverty however then make it against the law to be impoverished? The place are the politicians who make impassioned speeches about serving to the needy after which enact legal guidelines to penalize these similar individuals for being needy?
That is positively a world gone mad after we can punish our neighbors for sleeping of their automobiles as a result of they do not have a house, however we are able to rush to assistance from individuals in different international locations who’re in the identical circumstances.