A couple of days ago, I stumbled on a woman with two children, frantically searching a waste dump for food for her children. The part that hurt me deepest was that this waste dump is nested in the neighbourhood of the affluent. In the midst of the affluence, she had no one to look upon her with mercy.
Unfortunately, though there are CCTV cameras, installed to protect the neighbourhood, it was unable to pick a woman in need as promptly as it would when someone looks like a security threat. Cars were driving past, even those who had over-eaten were jogging past, doing exercises to get rid of some of what they had eaten; no one saw a need to help this woman.
For me, it may be easy to stand aloof and conclude that the people in this neighbourhood are insensitive, but I have also realised that efforts in the past to reach out to such persons, in similar situations, turn out to be a needless burden because some of such people were not really ready to change their story . . . they probably just needed a benefactor to continually live off.
So, how can something be helpful and be bad at the same time? How do these two appear in the same sentence and such words are declared as truth? These were my thoughts as I began to write these lines and I wondered if this contradiction is worth exploring at all. But here I am, writing it anyway . . .
The wickedness of the hearts of men has driven many people towards taking practical steps to protect themselves; we are gradually becoming more inclined to seeing evil in people and situations before seeing any good, whenever there is any. It has become expedient to assume all is not well until it is proven to be well; to expects negative experiences, so much so that we are surprised when everything is positive and nothing goes wrong.
We have, as a result of expediency, become used to wrongdoing. Our faith in people, place and systems is fast failing; our hope for a better life is fast waning; our love for each other is fast becoming lust (love for the purpose of gain, and not any further).
The honest truth is that there will not be a decline in the evil that we see; as a matter of truth, they will increase! However, one thing is sure, we still have the responsibility to keep our hearts free from evil regardless of how expedient it might seem. We can still love unconditionally, hope relentlessly, and have the kind of faith that will not buckle in the face of affliction.
In the end, it is not expedient to become mutated because of the evil we are trying to avoid. What value is there in losing ourselves along with the decadence in society. Against all wickedness, we must be ready, able and willing to confront them with righteousness in love. This is the response of freed lives. It is indeed bondage to cease from being who you are because of self-preservation.