Often I consider how to assist those that are asleep, or those that have given up hope.
These are the majority, who I can best describe as being asleep, the living dead, who merely exist. These people are separated from themselves, from their fellows and from nature. They have given choice to others who do their thinking for them; they are never living in the moment; they are irresponsible, parasitic and lack practical wisdom. Such people can be rich or poor, powerful or lowly, but they are shallow empty human beings, living always in their heads.
I ask, how can I awake these people? I can’t; they are blind and deaf. Only when they shipwreck upon the rocks of life will there be hope they awake long enough to make a choice to do something better with their lives, or fall back to sleep.
Those that gave up hope
A human being can only take so much punishment in life, then their spirit is broken. These people end up homeless, in mental institutions, in jail. Life has been harsh, and the sad thing is most of them are asleep too. A reader of my blogs made a comment that these “underclass” are beyond hope; I would like to think there is always a potential in all human beings to be able to rise above the misfortunes in life; but sadly this person is right, these “underclass” have been broken, the fire has gone out.
Is there an answer? But there are no answers; just one of these human beings would take a vast amount of resources to assist directly, and then the chances are high of failure. So I take a detached point of view, all I can do is share practical wisdom with others, build bridges, and perhaps one of those individuals will see the bridge and will walk across it.