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  •  Still, more and more... (9+ / 0-)

    I see folks who are not that "grizzled, filthy, half crazed man" standing at freeway exits. She was just one more, and one so young and still with so much good that should be ahead of her.

    And yeah, I get your point, although, and I know you agree, that grizzled, filthy, half crazed man deserves our empathy and support too. We are plenty rich enough of a nation to give it to him. We have the resources to take care of him, if he can't take care of himself. It is a matter of civility---a term often pooh poohed on this site, but is imo, the least we can give, given the enormous luck and resources we have in this nation, in so many ways.

    IF, freeway beggars were rare in our culture, one might be able to pass it off more lightly---which I know you are not doing. But the fact is, they are these days, omnipresent, and like I said in my diary, not something that has always been so.

    If my diary got you to thinking, this is a real gift to me. Because I'll tell you, this experience sure got me to thinking---and I like to see myself as a person who is already thinking plenty enough, and feeling plenty enough.  But I was humbled by this young woman at the stop light, and forced to think harder, feel more,hope more, and resolved to take more action.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 08:23:51 PM PDT

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    •  Who knows. (5+ / 0-)

      Maybe you'll get a second chance with the poor woman.

      "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

      by raptavio on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 08:32:24 PM PDT

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      •  She was hardly a woman. (7+ / 0-)

        Much more girl. And yes, I hope she'll be there again soon, and next time I'll have cash to give.

        But again, a drop in the bucket. I'm not going to save anyone begging on a freeway exit, and I have no illusions that I or anyone can do so.

        Just that it is obscene that this country so rich in resources, and so protected in its "island" status, should have people begging on its freeway exits. Lots of people, on lots of freeway exits.

        We can do much better, and we must, or we're cooked. It's really ultimately, just that simple, and just that complex, I know.

         

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 08:39:38 PM PDT

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        •  We live in a culture (5+ / 0-)
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          that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

          Our people are measured by their earning potential. We gauge what kind of education with by whether it will yield more earning potential than the cost of enrollment. The prestige of a job is not measured by the good it does the world or the people whose lives it impacts, but by the salary it commands. And we silently judge each other by the cost of our homes, our wardrobes, our cars.

          Our culture tells us that those people on the street corners are castaways, people without value, maybe even people without humanity. We may look at them, but we do not see them.

          How do we change that?

          "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

          by raptavio on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:02:52 PM PDT

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