|Tell the Government: "This is not what we want!"|
Depending on who you listen to, the East Coast is about to be bleached with anywhere from a few inches to 30,000 feet of snow.
The weather people never know, despite their high-tech magic shows. But regardless of the final depth of the dump, it's another reminder that winter in particular is a terrible for the poor and the homeless.
I don't take much for granted, personally. I know what it is to be very very cold for a number of weeks at a time. And I'm glad I know what that's like. When you get that cold, you can't even think because all that keeps pounding into your consciousness is "I'M FREEZING!" And you never forget that kind of cold. Those experiences rammed home to me how harsh life is for millions of people here and abroad. There was meaning in the relatively small suffering I endured and I think we should all look for that in our own lives.*
I wouldn't dare claim I know what real suffering is. It must be torture on the streets, or even in unheated homes or shelters, when the cold bites down. Why is this even permitted in the richest country on the planet? We have gotten things very very wrong. And if you spend more time thinking about the upcoming Super Bowl than you do about these issues, then take a look at that.
And why do we do so little for the Third World? (The great majority of what the U.S. lists as "foreign aid" is in the form of military assistance.)
Today I've done a couple of small things to help others before the blizzard hits. And every bit does count. But it's a drop in the ocean and I am determined to do more. About homelessness and poverty, about the redistribution of wealth on an institutional level, about societal attitudes, about violence and bigotry, about international unrest, about climate change, about the nuclear threat............. It's a blizzard of things. And it's our blizzard of shame.
It's the blizzard that we, with the heat on and the fridge stocked, must think about and turn our efforts to. If we don't, it is the blizzard that will bury us all.
Be safe and help others,
* I recommend the book Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl