There are two basic attitudes one can take when helping people such as the homeless and needy.
- Become detached and help people so you can show people how caring you are and for your own self aggrandizement. You don’t really care and robotically serve people the way Jeff Dunham’s Walter would be a Walmart Greeter: “Welcome to Walmart; get your sh** and get out!” Of course, you would be more subtle.
- Out of compassion, you genuinely care for people and make sacrifices to help the needy. Like Christ, you show agape love — love which expects nothing in return. Develop relationships with the people you serve and focus on what’s best for them.
In one episode of The Twilight Zone, To Serve Man, a Kanamit lands on earth and promises hope and change. The nine foot plus giant says he’s going to serve humanity by ending hunger by transforming deserts into booming fields, end energy shortages, and stop war. There is no need for the military. This virtual Santa Claus came to earth just to serve man.
Earthlings are initially skeptical of the nine foot plus Santa Claus, but soon, like Captain Hook and the Crocodile, they are taken in. Only, instead of a welcome grin, the Kanamit looks and talks stoically, robotically like some of the hosts on MSNBC.
The government found a book, written in code, left by the Kanamit. After a decoder cracks the book’s title, To Serve Man, society believes the Kanamits are there to help them. People then line up to book flights to the alien planet, which they are told is a paradise.
As the head decoder is waiting to board the spaceship bound for Paradise, his assistant, who decoded more than the title of the book, frantically runs towards her boss yelling “TO SERVE MAN IS A COOKBOOK!” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Serve_Man_(The_Twilight_Zone
Some people serve the needy the way the Kanamits do — for their own desires.
Serving others is a mission, not a job. It is not about politics or your ego. Unfortunately, it has become that way in some instances.
Even the Salvation Army has become self serving. The social services director, part of the hired help, at the Army’s Community Center in Levittown, PA has a judgmental, unloving, unChristian attitude towards the homeless and needy. At the community meals, she talks to them like they are rudderless criminals — like they are children. She tells them not to run around the building and actual has told them they need to behave themselves! These are adults!
If it were up to me, this street thug, this member of a spurious aristocracy, who is known to bully volunteers, would have been dismissed long ago. Instead, the last time I came to volunteer in the food pantry she left word with the staff that I wasn’t allowed to volunteer in the food pantry. This is the first time I heard this.
Likewise, the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) is self serving. The most recent example of this attitude is that, instead of judging what is right, they seemed to side with a drunk who verbally assaulted and physically threatened one of the guests at a community meal. One of the two drivers said he wouldn’t let the victim on the bus. Leading up to that is that some gossip on a power trip has been spreading false witness about the guy, who is trying to learn more about the homeless and try to help resolve the problem.
The gossip spread like wildfire, so instead of like the Henry Fonda character in 12 Angry Men, who was the one hold out who went against the other jurors because he wanted to find the truth (and later won the rest of the jurors over), for expediency AHTN sides with the gossipers. This is what John Stuart Mill called “Tyranny of the Majority”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_Angry_Men_(1957_film)
I suspect the motivation for spreading lies about the man is the ego of the person doing it. This person wants to be top dog, or queen bee, and by putting others down, it makes this person look good. It’s a gangster mentality.
Homelessness is a struggle, so instead of fighting one another to see who can be the top gangster, people in the homeless community need to care for and respect one another, and focus on ways to overcome the problem. It begins with everyone involved developing the right attitude, including myself. It’s not about ego; it’s about serving one another.
The organization that we just launched is trying to acquire property and have the homeless play a large part to develop and maintain it in order to become self sufficient. But first, all the Bovine Scatology has to stop! We need understanding, civil discussion, and sometimes tough love in order to be able to work together. We are in this together.
We should be on the same team! This is the only way we shall overcome!