This is a energetic and entertaining homeless man who also has the talent of playing the guitar, the kazoo, and making crazy eyes at the same time to draw you in. I saw many a homeless person in Washington DC. Some would lay there with cup-in-hand begging. Some would shine your shoes. Some would entertain you. Most were passed by.
Why do we ignore this issue? Even when you give them money, or food, you are still ignoring so many real and deeper issues. I gave him money and walked away. Though I smiled and told him to have a good day.
Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.
I mean, I don't think I'm alone when I look at the homeless person or the bum or the psychotic or the drunk or the drug addict or the criminal and see their baby pictures in my mind's eye. You don't think they were cute like every other baby?
I've been homeless. I've worked at 7-Eleven.
No one is asking what happened to all the homeless. No one cares, because it's easier to get on the subway and not be accosted.
There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.
We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.