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7 Oct 2020 6:34AM
So saad
7 Oct 2020 6:43AM
Ouch! More than sad here.....
Robert51 12 7 108 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2020 7:43AM
I think the big problem is there is so much of it that people have gone blind to it as they pass.

When you think of just how much money they can find when they need it, this should not be a problem...
bluesandtwos 11 437 1 England
7 Oct 2020 8:24AM
I have always had an overactive empathy gland and people hungry and on the streets always affect me, a lot.

BUT, I think that possibly one reason some people ignore them is that among the majority that are genuine there are the those who are not. I used to know of one chap who sat 'homeless' in Cambridge for so many hours a day and then would drive home having made more than some people earn. My son, in his teens, years ago passed a homeless person as he went into a burger place, he bought one extra and gave it to the chap on the way out. A nice gesture you would have thought but the man threw it back at him and said he wanted money! I think he was a lot closer to a spell in hospital than he would have imagined.

On the other side my grandaughter, with me a save distance behind, at Christmass time gave a chap on the pavement some pork pies and some mince pies with a 'Happy Christmass', he replied, in a very well spoken, articulate, manner 'thank you my lovely, and you have a happy christmass too.' Nearly reduced me to tears, and does still as I write this.Blush
So, I will give food, or a hot drink, but never money. Maybe these passers by are just unsure what to do, most people are kind!
ZenTony Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2020 8:38AM

Quote:I have always had an overactive empathy gland and people hungry and on the streets always affect me, a lot.

BUT, I think that possibly one reason some people ignore them is that among the majority that are genuine there are the those who are not. I used to know of one chap who sat 'homeless' in Cambridge for so many hours a day and then would drive home having made more than some people earn. My son, in his teens, years ago passed a homeless person as he went into a burger place, he bought one extra and gave it to the chap on the way out. A nice gesture you would have thought but the man threw it back at him and said he wanted money! I think he was a lot closer to a spell in hospital than he would have imagined.

On the other side my grandaughter, with me a save distance behind, at Christmass time gave a chap on the pavement some pork pies and some mince pies with a 'Happy Christmass', he replied, in a very well spoken, articulate, manner 'thank you my lovely, and you have a happy christmass too.' Nearly reduced me to tears, and does still as I write this.Blush
So, I will give food, or a hot drink, but never money. Maybe these passers by are just unsure what to do, most people are kind!



I have had both experiences myself. Being told to F*** Off when I gave a guy a burger and coffee, saying he only wanted money. And yes some will exploit others kindness. Most I have spoken to on the streets are the victims of circumstances most of us are lucky enough to have avoided in life. As they say so many people are just a couple of cheques away from a similar situation. I also agree that it can be unfair to take a picture like this and harrange the people for not giving. They may have just given to someone else along the bridge ! But at the same time it is meant to be a metaphor for the abject poverty that exists in the fifth wealthiest country in the World !
jacomes Plus
5 26 25 Portugal
7 Oct 2020 8:38AM
Another comment on modern society, but individuals cannot really solve the problem, better social policy at national and local government level is needed.
7 Oct 2020 9:31AM
An excellent follow up, Tony and the ideal title.
Will today's tears ever become tomorrows rainbows?
Not in my life time.

John.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2020 9:58AM
Powerful and a sad image of the times ...
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
7 Oct 2020 11:16AM
A very poignant follow up Tony
Ian
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1739 England
7 Oct 2020 11:24AM
I believe that the Swedes have a word meaning 'enough and not too much' - the idea that people should not seek to be rich at the expense of others. It's expressed as 'no tall poppies' - so no Shard, and no poverty...

A fine way to run a society.
ZenTony Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2020 2:52PM

Quote:I believe that the Swedes have a word meaning 'enough and not too much' - the idea that people should not seek to be rich at the expense of others. It's expressed as 'no tall poppies' - so no Shard, and no poverty...

A fine way to run a society.



John, the word is 'Lagom' and absolutely agree with you. I am not some left wing militant activist but I do believe that there is a good case for a fairer society...........Lagom !
7 Oct 2020 7:21PM
Magnificent and moving shot...

Felix
Alfie_P Plus
13 782 2 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2020 8:28PM
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You are quite correct it is your image conveys the sense of despair beautifully but I feel a sense of unease
The people walking past are avoiding making no eye contact and using their phone.
No one want to approach which is understandable given the circumstances but if Covid 19 wasn’t present
Would the same reactions occur again .

Carole
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1739 England
9 Oct 2020 9:23AM
Carole, looking at the EXIF, this was shot 12 months before Covid.

That's how most of us walk past the homeless, most of the time...

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