I hope that the economic crisis teaches a valuable lesson in humility and compassion. Those, like myself, that have never experienced joblessness and poverty are learning a lesson in the reality of desperate circumstances and the fact that events beyond our control can change life on a dime,with no one guaranteed exemption. Life holds no promises. When the adage "there but for the grace of God, go I" becomes more than a phrase and the new poor feel real understanding and compassion for those that have lived and died in poverty. When this experience ignites a resolve to extend a hand whenever possible, we will have learned a valuable lesson in caring for our brothers and sisters. .
I hope, for those spared from poverty, to be thankful and refrain from harsh judgement. I would hope that appreciation for their better circumstances would generate a spirit of generosity that extends a hand to the unfortunate.
Sadly, I do not see this taking place. The wealthy continue to negatively judge the poor with harsh criticisms and the stinginess of greed rules, rather than compassion. Our government continues to attempt to decrease its debt, caused by overindulgence, at the expense of the poor, with talks of cutting the payroll tax break for those still working and unemployment for those that are not. Asking the wealthy to pay their appropriate taxes will not be considered by the greedy nor our government.
As a result, America is experiencing derisive attitudes and actions between the have and have nots. This only further separates the classes and as hatred grows, hope for better dies. .