22 thoughts on “Moral Exclusion

    1. I really wish I could see this differently, Linda.

      Becoming Homeless is the biggest fears of everyone I know who has a serious mental illness.

      And my experience as a Gay man is still one of being targeted for exclusion.

      It’s hard not to think that homelessness is a choice made by a small but active segment of the U.S. population.

      People who seem to prefer scapegoats over solutions.

      If I am right and that is the reason for the mindless suffering I see on the streets of my City then yes: God help us all.

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  1. This isn’t an narcissistic platform but I was reminded of my own experience in that when I was younger it was inculcated that ‘status’ necessarily included wealth or at very least, success included wealth. For some reason, I do not know why, I rejected that at an early age, it caused friction and frustration from my family of origin who felt I was looking for a way to justify failure. I didn’t see wealth or material success as success so I didn’t see the reverse (no money/no wealth/no status) as failure. I wonder sometimes why so much of the world is caught up in believing this. It doesn’t mathematically equate, it’s not what the varied Godheads throughout our societies believe or dictate (unless you count the crazy Prosperity Preachers and I really don’t) nor is it morally justifiable. When asking people WHY money seems to be so crucial to them, they are immediately defensive, and attack those without money. I still haven’t got a clear answer of why money is important enough to KILL for. It’s not that I advocate or encourage destitution or poverty, I’d like to see everyone have the basics (warmth, food, safety, healthcare) and I’m not exactly a socialist, I just see things in plain terms. But to say I’m relatively alone in this perspective is an understatement, especially since moving to America. I would love to see Christians and Jews for example, to practice more of what they say is true in their respective bibles. This world has too many without. We look the other way, we say it’s not our responsiblity, then who? I feel guilty often, I don’t think I do enough, I would like to do more, and mostly I think everything that matters is neglected and everything that doesn’t matter is amplified. If I can ever understand why these things are upside down, I might be a happier person. Anyway I’m climbing off my soap box now 🙂

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    1. I think that the history of human social evolution is the history of our struggle to extinguish instinctive behaviors that have no purpose in an advanced global civilization. The hardest instinct to extinguish is the hoarding instinct. I doubt that it will vanish in our lifetimes but if we intend to survive as a species we will have to ask ourselves why we think it’s OK for 1 percent of the World’s population to control all of the world’s resources.

      Don’t worry about being a Narcissist. A narcissist never apologizes for being a narcissist.

      In fact, a narcissist never offers anything close to a real apology.

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      1. HA! This is true! The hording thing also. Irony of ironies to have reality TV shows dedicated to this. How deep the sickness is sewn! What helped me was after 9/11. I was never a hoarder. But that day, just blasted things wide open for me. Nothing lasts, nothing is permenant, too many people suffer. I have never since then cared for stuff. I’m of the Huck Finn school. A stick for whitling is all you need

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      2. Mine was not a huge sacrifice. I should have done what I really wanted to do, go to Israel, or join the Military, but I saw that both had issues that didn’t solve a thing, and so, I wasn’t sure how to ‘act’ and therefore, didn’t do enough. It is something to want to help, but in this world it is hard sometimes to know how to.

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    1. Yes…Erika.

      I resent most what it does to me as a person; what it does to all of us. There is nothing I can do; no amount of money I can give that spares me the shame of living in a Nation that treats its people this way.

      It starves our spirits. Is it any wonder that we are so bereft of faith in ourselves?

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  2. I witnessed this first-hand while living in New Orleans. And that was 15 years prior to Katrina. The treatment of, after a blatant and unbelievable disregard for, the citizens of New Orleans and Mississippi was just further proof. I’m certain it’s similar in all corners of the US. Political speak and pandering do not solve problems.

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    1. Moral exclusion is part of the DNA of the U.S.

      It’s what allows us to make slaves, murder indigenous people, Bomb Iraqi’s for profit, and send the mentally ill to the streets.

      Any systematic refusal to acknowledge the humanity of a group of human beings is a form Moral Exclusion.

      Thank you for leaving a comment…:)

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  3. Reblogged this on Billy in Blunderland and commented:

    This simple picture, and those simple words, sum up so much. If you read Rob’s blog, there is a longer post, also filled with very big truth. But I feel this picture says so much already. I am proud to value defending and interacting with people who have been abandoned by the very world who made their conditions, through no fault of their own, worse, more than I value superficial façades of success, achievement and “fitting in”.
    If you ever have a doubt about what’s the right course of action, actually opening up and caring about strangers or friends or relatives who are in pain is NEVER going to be the wrong course of action. It makes you a better human being.

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