In my better moments, when I’m willing to ascribe some good faith to the person in question, I don’t think it’s a failing of empathy. They are trying, as best they can, to put themselves in my shoes, and the shoes of the millions of people like me. But absolutely nothing in their life gives them any sort of understanding for a frame of reference.
Zach J. Payne
I would like to think that. I used to think that. But I’m just not so sure anymore. We live in a world where the wealthy are very busy trying to convince the middle class that the poor aren’t “really” poor and that they deserve to be where they are.
I spent a chunk of time reading the Heritage Foundation site (research for an article) and it made me sick.
I have heard far too many people make comments about how homeless people are homeless because “they’re mostly addicts, right? and comments about how they “rip off” the system, etc.
I hope you’re right. I hope it’s just a case of the most obnoxious people always being the loudest. But just the same, I’d like to see the upper half try to live the way 1/3 of America does, just for a year. They couldn’t do it.