i think all great men start out as ordinary though. all great men don't go thru life thinking they are going to do something great to change a nation or the world. they just start small with their beliefs and their ideals and keep true to those in their life. they don't waiver in what they believe in. they don't change with the shifting winds or popular opinions. they speak and act in the same manner and with the same conviction for most of their life. then, when the time is right, people accept those ideals and opinions and it grows...and grows...and grows. the ideals and beliefs are usually grounded in good and what benefits humanity. yes....some evil men have managed to do this also, but usually theirs doesn't last for an extended period of time. people at their core are good....some call it the universal moral code, some call it god examining your heart on a daily basis. either way, i think people are basicially good.
so..where am i going with this? this is not a sociology blog. it's not a world religion blog. it's not a socio-economic blog. so let me get to the point. homelessness will not be solved by the government. it will not be solved by massive amounts of money. it will not be solved with welfare or free housing. it will not be solved by religion. it could be solved by ordinary people....you...and me....and everyone. it's time for america to take pause and look in our own neighborhood. it's time for the ordinary person to examine themself and realize we have people living in this country below the monetary level of the poorest countries in the world. it's time ordinary people take a collective effort to solve this problem.
churches and local governments should work together....not independently, each with their own agenda to address the people they see daily. each one should address the problems of the people within walking distance of the building they work or live in. independently you won't accomplish much. collectively you can solve anything. each person and each organization should somehow bond together and have some concrete, solid goals. each person and organization should stop men and women from dying on the street every nite. each person and organization should stop and think how intrinsically wrong it is for a child to go to bed hungry every nite.
surely if john kennedy could have the vision to put a man on the moon, surely if ronald reagan could have the vision to end communism and make our country great again, surely if martin luther king could stir the nation to end segregation and discrimination, surely if your founding fathers could foresee what our country could and should be based on...surely...we as americans can see suffering in our own neighborhoods and in our own streets. surely. surely...as ordinary citizens we could once again say...enough...and end hunger and poverty and needless dying....once and for all...here.....in our own country. not by war, not by disease, not by terrorism....but by simple neglect. yes...we have neglected our own citizens. too long...and long enough.
the problem of homelessness involve some very ordinary people. the solution lies in some very ordinary people waiting to become extraordinary....collectively. the problem will be solved by ordinary acts of kindness and charity by some extraordinary people. would you be extraordinary. could you be?
see you around town.