So, I love this story that is making its way around on social media sites. In trying to find a link to the original story however, I find that it is “unsubstantiated” by several rumor squashing websites. But honestly, who cares? Real or fake, there is an idea inside this story that should be fostered as a society and taught to our children in hopes of a better tomorrow.
The gist of the story is that a pastor decided to pretend he was homeless before being introduced to his new congregation – and the reactions before and after the revelation of his true identity. At the heart of it – is this a story about religion? No. Is it a story about the homeless? No. What I see this story being about is something that we seem to have lost sight of………HUMANITY. At some point, long before our generation and maybe even back to the beginning of man-kind, people stopped looking at other people as HUMAN. There are numerous examples of this throughout our history, but today, with more people on this planet than the poor globe knows how to support, you see it every day and everywhere. It is heart wrenching to see it as globally as religions forgetting that they were founded upon Peace and to also see it as commonly as within your own cubicle row at the office.
We are all human. We all have struggles. Far too many people believe their universe is and should be the center for everyone else’s universe, and have no concept of empathy for what the person next to them may be going through. From the recent widow struggling to find their new identity at an age far too young for many to comprehend, to the parents who just discovered that their blissfully happy family is being tested by a terrifying disease in their only young child – the people around you deserve to be thought of as human and we
ALL deserve one another’s empathy and understanding. Next time you think you are having such an amazingly bad day because an accident on the highway kept you from getting to the grocery store before soccer practice, just take a moment to think that that accident you passed by may have just altered several lives in ways you hope never to comprehend.
Thanks for reading, and be kind to those around you simply because you can.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.