Explaining something to his disciples, somewhere in the bible, Jesus makes a poignant point that the poor we’ll always have with us. Can you think of anything truer? You don’t have to be religious to revere this observation as noteworthy at the very least, and potentially paramount in how we can make the world a better place for everyone.
In ancient times, everyone took pride in his work and understood that it was important in the aggregate of society. There was a healthy helplessness, albeit mostly subconscious, amongst the low class people or the proletariat, which stemmed from the persuasion that royalty and wealth were somewhat a birth right. This gave them clarity of dreams which were never understood to be compromised. This was expedient but still wanting. In our contemporary world, the sin is that everyone is groomed to think he can become anything. This is obviously more misleading than helpful, at least without this complementary understanding:
It is okay to fail, to be poor, and the contentions that steal our joy are mostly about existence and not life. Life precedes existence! At any point, one should have life in him, being happy, looking to the left for contentment and to the right for inspiration. This is my definition of a life worth living. A part of the reason why we pity the poor is because they are pitiful and they are pitiful, not because they are rigidly predisposed, but because we don’t count them in our special censuses. To make a difference, stop for a conversation with that beggar who sits by the corner of the road. Smile and learn her name before you can toss some coins into her empty McDonald’s cup. In this way, you deposit both life and existence into the unfortunate life.
About The Editor
This article was written by Herbert Uba, an engineering student from Zimbabwe. His simple intentions is to help Zimbabwe, and the world as a whole, by initiating discussions that could be helpful to in personal growth and in national building.