The forgotten people 

As I watched him rush to receive holy communion I couldn’t stop my eyes from rolling. Previously the devoted Catholic had declared “homeless people deserve to be homeless. Hopefully they will die soon.” This statement coincided with a snearing glance to an old man shivering on a nearby doorstep. That’s when I knew things had to change. Walking through the centre of Rome I saw both prosperity and tragedy. Although the monuments are outstanding, below them often lies some poor soul in desperate need of a good meal and a sympathetic ear. Religion surrounds the city but the golden rule seems to be forgotten. Jesus says “whatever you do for the least of my people you do for me.” What are we doing for these people? The forgotten people? You’ll notice I wrote “we” rather than “they”. We are to blame. I’m not saying whoever reading this is personally responsible for the homeless of Rome, that would be insane, however we must all take some responsibility for this inhumane outlook we have adapted as a society. How many readers (me included) shop at clothes shops knowing products have been made through child labour? How many of us cry at children in need or Red Nose Day but spend the rest of the year worrying about our appearance or prosperity? You are not alone. You are not evil. You are simply a product of this inhumane culture we have adopted were it is seen as normal to refuse healthcare due to insufficient funds. (NHS cuts for Britan or lack of insurance for the US)         It’s time to stop. We must remember our forgotten people. Whether it’s the war veteran struggling with the bedroom tax or the millionaire hiding their mental illness in fear of being seen as weak. We must remember and we must act. Together we can make the world a better place. 

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