Topic: Human Behavior
"I Am a Human-Not a Mistake"
© 12/14/09 by James Neufeld
I want to talk to all human beings in this land that we call free. I don't care how hard you've had it thrown in your face, we all are survivors! We all fight the good fight until the day we die, then it's to late for regrets-because at that point-it's all been said and done. Some will tell you that life is not a fight. Yet others will test your will to survive--still others that will bring you to the breaking point!
We justify ourselves--telling each other--that we are just as competitive as the next guy. If you're a nice guy in the business world, they say "nice guys finish last!" But at some certain point, you have to admit that someone else's rights are infringed upon. What does it matter--when you're making extra money--who's feet you step on? Why did you go out of business? That's the business world and for many the work place as well. Why did people move on to another position?
But what if a company's rules of public policy draws a line in the sand of human rights? What rights do the homeless have? Are they all secondary citizens or are they stereotyped as vagrants? What if they merely wanted to use the facilities at your place of business? Would you let them? Yeah, now I am talking to all human beings in the land we "call" free. Would you let them to use the facilities? I am asking you to!
"Oh, but a lot of them do smell," you say. Well, I guess they'd smell "even worse..." if they did the "unspeakable" in their pants! So you just send them on their way, because, after all, it's not your problem. And what is this man's hope for survival?
But what really, is the message that you giving this man? We all have needs and wants-but you have denied him his rights! You are denying that person the very smallest degree of human compassion! Some would say you are denying that person his right to exist! And really, aren't you essentially denying the very core of common life that we all share as human beings on this earth? For some, their very thread of existence is being threatened. We all are human beings that share this earth, and this message is for all human beings that call themselves "men." For the love of mercy, allow me to be ...human!
So now that man or woman has left your establishment with some kind of feeling of helplessness. No one cares about their plight anyways. "They'll take their business elsewhere," says the homeless man. And the manager tells him to "do his business elsewhere," then laughs! We all can laugh at another person's predicament, until "our number" comes up...then; hopefully, it's only a number one and not a number two!
So let's just throw in the towel "for" him, call the police! But when you make that call, when you deny that person his rights--aren't you denying a part of yourself? And when you give up on them, at what point do they give up on themselves? Aren't you denying the human spirit that lives in all of us? After all, at some point in time, "you" might have to take your place in "that line." I pray that you are shown compassion and not told to "tow the line".
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