Guest Blogger ~ my husband Elijah~
For those that feel indifferent to the less fortunate in society, this is an appeal to increase your selfishness. If you are unable to empathize with disadvantaged people, being someone always of privilege, let me ask that you think about yourself to a greater extent …
Members of a society, like the United States of America, have a moral obligation to take care of each other. This moral duty is one deeply rooted in a fundamental system of belief across the world. When this responsibility is neglected, history has shown time and time again, that all in society will eventually suffer.
Well-to-do Americans perpetually casting an indifferent eye while many of the country’s minorities and other disadvantaged peoples languish in a legacy pit of past injustice has directly led to the discontent we see spilling out onto the streets. Mr. George Floyd’s merciless death was the spark that started the wildfire, but decades and centuries of past misdeeds provided a mountain’s worth of tinder.
On June 28th, 2020, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a typical example of the nation’s privileged living blindly on “private property,” had protesters literally show up at their doorstep, and they proceeded to point loaded weapons at that crowd.
Did the McCloskey’s deserve to have their property disturbed?
Does that even matter?
The reality here is that eventually, society’s injustices will confront each and every one of us in some form. Do what you can to help your fellow citizens, especially those less fortunate: Get involved as a mentor with a family in need; press legislators for change that would provide funds for better education K-12 and post-high school to open up opportunities in these communities currently not available; advocate for after-school athletic and art centers so that young children can have a positive alternative to street life.
If you cannot advocate for this type of change based on a moral duty to your fellow man alone than PLEASE continue to BE SELFISH!! … and think of yourself… because like the McCloskey’s found out a few weeks ago, the ghosts of past injustices, if left unattended, will show up at your doorstep whether you choose to neglect that duty or not.
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