Friday, March 06, 2009

Wishful Friday

I wish that when people sneer at food stamp recipients who are overweight, they would realize that most of the food those people can afford is of very poor nutritional quality and very high in fat and carbs.

I wish that when people make racial connections to crime, that they would realize that in predominately white populations, the crime rate is about the same and that the most important indicator is poverty, not skin color.

I wish that when pro-lifers act as if America is the only country on the planet that has been allowing abortions since the 1970's, they would acknowledge that abortion has been going on (and approved of for health/economic reasons) in every culture ever since women figured out how to do it, probably even in Biblical times.

I wish the guy who I overheard saying he didn't think any of his taxes should go for building roads or bridges would hit a pothole and break an axle on his suburban assault vehicle.

I wish Loki would figure out that he can lick my thumb without digging his claws into the flesh of my hand.


Anonymous said...

Several years ago in my adult Sunday School class the theme for the day was how expensive it is to be poor....I've never forgotten the lesson....from higher interest rates....poor quality food...discrimination....your post was a great reminder in these times we are all closer to financial poverty than we would like to be...judge not lest you be judged

JanetLee said...

Thanks, Anon. I've been poor (making around 10K a year into the late 80's, early 90's) and I've been very poor (going back to college as an adult). So I know what it is like and it is a stress unlike none I have ever known. And now that I make a comfortable living, I'm glad for the lessons I learned and I try to never forget how hard it was.