Not for the sake of being a drama queen or king but just for the benefit that comes with allowing yourself to feel. We all know there is a lot going on in this world and many choose to deal with it by indulging in escapism. But there is a fine line between doing it when it’s necessary and simply applying that sort of thing out of habit. Because let’s face it, feelings has never been something people can flick on and off like a light switch. It’s meant to be natural like the heart beats and often I ponder what the world would be like when unexpected changes like The Head Transplant are applied to mankind.
Those kind turning points always brings up the question: The mind isn’t exactly the whole person so without the same heart who will that person actually be?
But this isn’t the type of curiosity displayed by some one that isn’t spiritual and it kind of defines who they are when you think about it. I found myself exploring this after realizing how much poverty is growing in my city. I’m not saying it was never there before but lately it just seems like there isn’t a place where you couldn’t see it now. Being an 80’s baby I found it very similar to those times and even as a kid it was hard to watch. These days no one is prone to ending up like that and what made it worse is watching people’s reaction towards it.
In fact I wish I could have recorded what I saw because it was more surreal to see people’s demeanor then it was to witness a person going through the hardest of times. This took place on the subway about a month ago and the first time it involved a guy and a woman I seen resting across from each other on the seats. I don’t always allow it to break my heart but I always make sure to take notice. Yet the only thing that caught my attention more that day was the amount of people who deliberately bunched themselves up in the corner of the cart. They did it to stay away from them which was an overreaction I have never seen before. They even had the gull to continuously glance over at them like it was something new.
It was the kind of moment that could easily pull the card of this trending issue society has with self-worth. Hell, they may have well been pointing their fingers but I digress.
The second time was just yesterday when I found myself sitting at the center cart of the train. It was just me and some guy in a suit sitting across from me in a row with three empty seats. Eventually we come to the next stop and a homeless man sits 3 seats away from the suited man. But he shows some signs of fatigue and leans over a bit so he wouldn’t fall over. What I didn’t expect to see was the guy in a suit get up and literally walk to the other end of the cart because of that one little reaction. I mean for all he cared it probably could’ve been done because he was tired. Yet, the response was to get away as far away as possible since anything and everything is well for the most part, scary.
It’s this sort of behavior that fuels the fire of this big disconnect with people, there just seems to be far too much me, me, me and not enough what can I do for thee. This is the kind of logic that makes one want to sit across Madison Square Garden in the middle of the night and figure out why there are groups of homeless people sleeping outside of an empty building that big. It just doesn’t make sense how that’s the reality regardless of the economics. The crazy thing is that they say one of man’s biggest problems is wanting others to be more like us. People would even be willing to go to the furthest extent to see that through. But how is it that this behavior is hardly around for those who need it the most?
This is why knowing how convenient it can be for me I question my own appreciation for the times I find myself in front of a plate of food. I do it so I never lose sight of what’s real since the mind can easily block out what the heart feels. They are both fed differently and being all about mind over matter when the mind doesn’t feel a thing is self-explanatory. Some situations are always worth a tear because its moments like that which question our humanity.
However, the definition of that term “Humanity” will always be based on the times we live in. Like Homo Habilis was to the 18th Century and like that Century was to the early 1900’s. So the question is, where are we today and who will we be tomorrow since the next time is all we can control?
Because the truth is that Separation is the reality that contributes to what’s in us and what affects others.
What do you believe?
Written by Antonio Westley
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