Never Judge Who You Do Not Know

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What do you think when you hear the word 'homeless?' Does it make you think of someone who's lazy? Does it make you think of someone whose day consists of drinking all day long? Does it make you think of someone who's a habitual drug user? Maybe so... But what about the Vietnam veteran who became homeless, after sacrificing his life to keep America safe? What about the family who worked so hard to keep a job and then got the roof over their head pulled from under the feet. What about the elderly person who has worked and paid taxes all their life and then is forced to live a life on the streets, rather than the comfort of their own warm home. It's shocking that even in developed countries such as Great Britain and America, homelessness is such an issue that affects so many people and it doesn't discriminate... You and I could become homeless one day. All it takes is one thing and that could change our whole lives forever. We are so quick to judge others and yet, we are never as quick to understand and take time to find out the reason for someone's troubles and why their life has been turned around. We shouldn't judge those who we know very little of. We must appreciate what we have and take nothing for granted in this world of increasing uncertainty. Spare a minute for those who haven't got the luxury of a hot shower, of a fridge full of food, a warm bed to rest their head at night and the security in knowing that each night they are safe... Spare a thought for those less fortunate.

Submitted: June 05, 2015

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Submitted: June 05, 2015

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Homelessness is one of those things,

I'm sure that many people look down upon,

Those who seek shelter from this cold world,

Are told to simply stop complaining and move on.

 

But what is the reason for living this way,

Why do we see people on the streets,

With very little food and very little money,

The only possessions being the clothes on their back and the shoes on their feet.

 

We see people who's home has become the streets,

Spending their time just trying to survive,

All the while being tossed to the side and simply ignored,

Being mocked for doing what they can to stay alive.

 

How unfair it is indeed,

That we judge those who we understand very little of,

Who we simply walk by each and every day,

Who many find strange or odd.

 

We know little of what they've been through,

We know not of their plight,

Whilst we ponder on the evening's meal,

They'll be wondering if they'll have anywhere to sleep tonight.

 

For all that we know,

They could be a veteran of war,

Who's heart have seen such horror and bloodshed,

And yet a hero, many simply ignore.

 

For all that we know,

They could be facing extremely hard times,

They could be going through hell,

God only knows the battles they face in their mind.

 

We are so quick to judge,

Even when we know not of the facts,

While our life may be a happy one,

Theirs might be on the brink of collapse.

 

What if it was your family member on the street?

What if it was your friend?

Would you still think the same about them,

Or would you still walk by and simply pretend?

 

Simply pretend that homelessness is not a problem,

That in time it will simply go away,

We cannot ignore something that affects so many,

'Tis unfortunate that homelessness is here to stay.

 

We must never judge those who we do not know,

For to judge without knowledge is ignorance,

Let us appreciate the things we have that others do not,

Because we could end up in the same situation in an instant.

 -- James William Cooper


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