Walking in their shoes — if they have them

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Opinion

June 30, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Humanity House

Poverty is more than being homeless, hungry, dirty, or without clothing or medical care. Poverty goes deep into a person’s soul. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is greater than any physical symptom of being poor.

We have a tendency to see those living in poverty as being less than. Less than us, less than those we love, less than human. Undeserving, because of their appearance, of affection, love, human contact and compassion. We blame those in poverty, forgetting that life is the luck of the draw. We do not get to choose the family that we are born into. Everyone of us has a brain that processes events and circumstances in a different way. To put your experience and your process onto another person is to do a great disservice to yourself and the other person.

There is a great deal of luck involved in having what you might call a successful life. There is a lot to be said for being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. For some, it happens all of the time; for some, it happens once in a lifetime, and for others it never happens.

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