One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show

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After a season of drama free community meals for the homeless and needy in Bucks County, PA, lately, one particular guest at the meals has been acting up. At one meal he was asked to leave and at last night’s meal, the monkey was told to settle down after snapping out, yelling at two different people.

Up until recently, the meals have been peaceful, mainly because some guests insisted that the perpetrators be disciplined, and they were. As the saying goes, evil triumphs because good people do nothing.

The community meals have not been just a place where needy people don’t just get a free meal, but a place where friends get together and socialize, sometimes having intelligent discussions on various topics and a way for the guests to bond together. It’s a place where people meet and make friends.

Although the problem people, the persona non grata disrupt the meal, the show must go on. I for one plan to continue to go to the meals.

Just because people are homeless, they don’t have to act like animals. Last night a homeless guy implied that someone from the table where I was sitting was bashing the homeless. Not true. He demanded “where do you live, a hotel, a house, a tent…?” Dwelling in self pity, basing his outrage on false information, he chided an undefined recipient of his rage not to say things about the homeless when they haven’t experienced homelessness.

False witness was the catalyst for the guy’s vehement diatribe.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

-Ephesians 4:29

It’s because of idiots like this that the community doesn’t want to help the homeless, but develops hobophobia, an irrational fear of the homeless and harasses them. Most homeless people are not like this but are just like everyone else and have become homeless because of the economy, for instance.

As The Animals sang, “one monkey don’t stop no show.”

The homeless community  needs to act civilly and show the community that they are just like everyone else. One reason Saint Patrick’s Day was created was to show the world that the Irish were not a bunch of shiftless, no good drunks but people with potential for good.

To show the community that the homeless are generally decent people and are just like you and me, we should have a homeless day parade in Bucks County. Just as was the case with civil rights for blacks during Jim Crow, the homeless need to stop making themselves a victim of circumstances and do positive things to, as The Animals also sang “get out of this place, if it’s the last thing we ever do. We’ve got to get out of this place” and “make a better life for me and you.”