Have you ever dreamt of driving that new Lambhorgini Murcielago concept, live in a grand mansion, step on every corner of the world, and shop until your wardrobe explode like Hiroshima?
Yep. I’ve been there.
It’s easy to daydream about it than to really materialize everything. But I didn’t say it’s impossible either. The truth is, everyone in this world, can be a Doctor, Lawyer, Chef, CEO, everything. You name it. If the ‘desire’ arises.
But HOW? You may ask. Well, you don’t rely on the how. You always ask the WHERE, WHEN & WHO in order to catch that chiming train full of hot ore.
In times of a double dipped recession; pink slips, unemployment and education cuts are stifling high. The adverse effects comes after 3-5 years of depriving the citizen of these “American Dream” opportunities. You may wonder why young & old men at the fence of your neighborhood main road loiter for? Those guys have families that needed to be supported to live better lives. And some, well, they have dents on their criminal records which usually is a red flag for finding employment.
The positive correlation of the crime and economic downturn is evidently high especially in the hard hit neighborhoods of the land of the free. In turn, the stress levels shoots up that it corrupt their minds to commit theft or any other misdemeanor to support themselves and their cubs.
Yesterday, after our last day of class, me and Cheyne went to Ethel’s house (usually) to chill. We watched (a recorded) reality program series like: Dancing with the Stars, Heavy, RuPaul’s Drag Race and the like. But one last program caught my eye. It’s called “Secret Millionaire”. Basically, the featured ‘Millionaire’ of the day would leave all of his stuff at home, that includes all his pocket money, phone, wallet, etc. And go live in a poverty-stricken neighborhood for a week. This person will be exposed to the filthiest, most dangerous place in america to “immerse” himself with this new profound reality. The first three (3) days will be spent to interacting and blend in with everyone (not telling his secret). And on the last two (2) days will be deliberately spent on thinking where to allocate his donation to each and everyone. At the last day, he wrote hefty checks to three (3) organizations that foster growth, education and empowerment.
While writing this blog post I was reminded myself of this meaningful quote:
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”
Sure, it does not make sense if we keep on donating and give money to the poor. But what do they have to survive day by day?
My cousin passively whined why these bums scatter all over the place, and when you give them food or money they will get choosy on what to be given to them. That is a rational statement to make, really. But c’mon, I don’t think that they really mean to act like that. MOST “houseless” people in San Francisco’s streets are addicted to drugs. Sadly, it is an ongoing trend that needs to be intervened ASAP.
Instead of whining about the bus reeking from their piss or dried stools, we needed a course of action as a citizen. I have a few things in mind:
*EMPOWER! In times of the Technological & Social Media bubble, this medium has grant many opportunities to spread awareness of poverty reduction in your network line. Start a Facebook Group, Twitter or any other medium sites that EMAIL alone cannot offer the exposure for.
*VOLUNTEER! Volunteer programs lack man-resources to power their activities to gradually improve and support our dear street residences. BTW, 100 volunteer hours is a good indication that you are a good citizen that employers would be looking for!
*EDUCATE! If you have a small student or community organization, or even set of friends. Try to educate and coax them about this pertinent opportunity to bond with them and educate people at the same time about poverty and it’s reduction.
Thankfully the economy is on the upswing now. Philanthropic Foundations are opening its doors again to provide education, awareness and aid to push back poverty into history.
Perhaps, when you finally arrive at the summit of your dreams, don’t forget to look back and help others before you, to climb upward, and never let them fall backwards ever again.
We cannot always aid every adversity, but at least LET US ASPIRE for a more progressive future for ourselves and the next generations to come. Science-speed!
Look into my lens and see what I’ve been talking about: