Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Warehousing the homeless Part Two
"At least you can give them a bit of respite from hell...let them have a glimpse of a better way. Connect and show them that even though they're in pain, they can have a better life." - antiswer
Thanks to the people who commented on my first post about warehousing the homeless. It gave me a lot to thing about - which is good. I really like what antiswer said, because it really is how I think. Sometimes I get really frustrated, but generally, that's how I feel. I feel like we're doing something valuable, even though society may not understand.
This has been my philosophy of things for a while, and it's what keeps me sane as a social worker - and a person.
I am only person. As one person, I can only do as much as I can do. However, when I am nice to people, care about people, and empower people, it does make a difference. Empowered people, people who've been treated with respect, and people who are loved, often turn around and do nice things to other people. They begin to make a difference in other peoples lives. And so you see, that's how it works. It works like a web, it starts with me, but I can only begin to imagine the changes that may eventually take place because of the actions of one person. I believe it is possible to change the world, I also believe that I may never see it. And I think, that I'm okay with that.