I wonder, what ever happened to all men are created equal? Though it took a couple hundred years after the Constitution was signed for this to take effect, not only for men but for women as well. Even now, segregation remains prevalent. But instead of realizing it, we laugh about it through comedians who draw our attention to it in their outlandish humor. It’s their job to entertain us after all. And it does help us forget the harsh realities of segregation in our own country for a time.
It may not be clear where battle lines are drawn because for the most part, there are none. Those with possessions role over those who don’t; we segregate them by struggling with our own fears, which is the same thing our country did during the civil rights movement, or the woman’s protest in seeking the right to vote. The question is, why are we so afraid of homeless people? Why are they despised for being out on the street? Do we just lash out at them because their the ones we make fun during our times of being entertained? Are we afraid of ending up like them?
How ever you view the homeless, whether you believe them to be lazy bums, or you’re afraid of them because you don’t trust their filthy appearance, or you just don’t care; you’re no better than the ignorant oppressors in American history. This may be hard to read, and I wouldn’t blame you for ceasing to go any further; however, if you don’t, you’re still no better because you don’t want to design a better world for tomorrow nor do you want to face the true nature of the best. Our ancestors had prejudices that thankfully, I don’t have. But I still see inside myself some form of attitude that segregates certain people. We need to get rid of these attitudes, by designing a new way of life, where we don’t live in fear. Fear is what makes us segregate people.
But what puzzles me even further, is with all the social media our society has become addicted to, because we’re so relationship minded; we’ll befriend a total stranger or acquaintance on facebook, but we will never take the time of day to stop and have a conversation with someone in the real world as we walk down the street, especially if they look a certain way. What if they lost their home due to a natural disaster, and they’re on their own? Does not having a house automatically make you scum, worthless, a piece of garbage to be spit upon?
Now I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life, nor am I telling you that if someone appears threatening to you to go up and strike up a conversation with them. Let’s keep our common sense. The whole purpose of this is to stir up something in your heart about designing the world around you to become what it should be. Self-less living at times is more rewarding than hording all you possess unto yourself. And what you truly possess, dear designer, is the right to be humane. Exercise your right.
You can learn more about exercising your right to be humane at Habitat for Humanity.