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Embrace the homeless

I’m puzzled by the attempts by this community to distance itself from our homeless population. For Christians, the charge of Jesus Christ is clear. He unequivocally identified himself with the poor and charged his followers to care for these “least” of his children.

Pagans and Buddhists who subscribe to the laws of reciprocity and karma must find it simple self-interest to shelter the homeless.

Business people and property owners might examine their own finances. Few among us live more than a paycheck or two away from disaster. It behooves them to have some sort of social safety net in place.

Clearly it is cheaper and safer to house people rather than having them breaking and entering illegally to seek shelter or steal food for their hungry children

Finally, “the poor are always with us” as an integral and constant part of society. Just as we do not understand the complexity of biological systems with all their interdependencies and careful balances, neither do we understand what place the homeless have in the overall scheme of things. Perhaps they inspire that ultimate drop of compassion, which keeps the whole of life from tipping forever into chaos and destruction.

Christine Irving

Nevada City

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