Posts tagged poverty
Posts tagged poverty
"But before this war, all of this gold was out here, in the sunlight, In the world. Yet look what happened." Goto Dengo shudders. "Wealth that is stored up in gold is dead. It rots and stinks. True wealth is made every day by men getting up out of bed and going to work. By schoolchildren doing their lessons, improving their minds. Tell those men that if they want wealth, they should come to Nippon with me after the war. We will start businesses and build buildings."
"Spoken like a true Nipponese," Enoch says bitterly. "You never change."
"Please make me understand what you are saying."
"What of the man who cannot get out of bed and work because he has no legs? What of the widow who has no husband to work, no children to support her? What of children who cannot improve their minds because they lack books and schoolhouses?"
"You can shower gold on them," Goto Dengo says. "Soon enough, it will all be gone."
"Yes. But some of it will be gone into books and bandages."
— Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon (page 1070 in ISBN 978-0-06-051280-4)
Doonesbury, 7 July 2012
I volunteered at the Salvation Army center around here a couple years ago, helping families pick out toys. It was really fun and I thought I was doing a good thing until two men came in. They were in poor shape, they wore a lot of layers and their jackets and pants had dirt and dust on them. I think they had been sleeping outside. They were coming in to get food from the kitchen, and one of the staff members took them to another room that wasn’t the kitchen. After a while, they were both escorted out of the building. I learned later that day they were kicked out because the staff speculated they were a gay couple and didn’t want to cater to those kind of people.
I can’t even look at the bellringers without being ashamed of them. They help a lot of people, but I don’t want to contribute to a group that still considers homosexuality to be condemnatory.
Great resource! Racism Review
… “words of ‘wisdom’” from beneficiaries of the world’s largest welfare program.
I’d like to talk about how misguided and ignorant of reality this is, but I don’t have the words.
I’ll take a stab at it:
The single best thing about democracy: Even these worthless, uninformed, ignorant fucks can express their opinion. Even if their job is to undermine the rights that they’re taking advantage of.
What’s been going through my head lately — Gov’t Mule’s song “I Think You Know What I Mean,” from their 2000 album Life Before Insanity.