If you were dropped in our society (western, specifically the united states) with zero support system, zero money, zero job, nothing. You have absolutely nothing at all but the clothes on your back and your wits. What would you do?
I was hanging out with my dad driving around Miami the other day, and I noticed two important things that were occurring: There were more people shopping at the mall than a year ago, and there were more homeless people asking for money in the streets nearby than a year ago. It made me wonder: is the gap between the rich and the poor expanding even faster than ever before?
Is our society designed to make it impossibly hard for the have-nots to compete with the haves?
Malcom Gladwell wrote a fascinating essay in 2006 about the apparent cost differences between managing a problem like homelessness and solving it.
When I first started writing this post, I thought, maybe there are deeply rooted reasons we rationalize this divide between haves and have nots. My thoughts jumped from religiosity to classism to bigotry, but in the end I don’t think we can point a finger at any one cause and make it our scapegoat. All we can do is see what little things we can do across the board to improve everyone’s situations. This isn’t a socialism or communism issue, this is a people issue. So please don’t get this confused. This is about helping our fellow man, something I’d hope transcends political and theological boundaries.
I’m very curious to know what you think, and what you would do in the situation at the beginning of the post.