We live in a society where “random acts of kindness” are becoming a pandemic. Wonderful, people running around being randomly nice to everyone. Sounds like a utopia, right? Well, maybe not so much. Issues such as homelessness are derived from systemic realities that are far deeper than a simple act of kindness can make up for. If you have ever done any research on the causes of homelessness, you will find a whole list of reasons that include mental health issues, family issues, governmental displacement, etc. With all of this stacked against those who find themselves homeless, how have we become so deluded into thinking that random soup kitchens are going to solve this issue? (I have my own thoughts on this, but that’s another topic for another day).
Rather than try and explain the reasons for homelessness or the reasons we act out of randomness rather than intentionality, I will propose only a possible benefit of this new legislation. I imagine that there are a lot of really genuine individuals who help serve the homeless community by providing food for them. However, I also believe that the human condition is to take the path of least resistance when it comes to work. So, in this new climate where helping the homeless is becoming more complicated, I would like to argue that we should meet this challenge with creativity and ingenuity. Instead of being upset that we can’t provide food for these individuals, we should see this as an opportunity to become innovative in our approach to helping those who need it most!
The best solutions to real issues have always come in the midst of hardship. This should be no different.
Be encouraged. Be emboldened. Change the world.