Invisible people

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

  • A homeless woman sits on a piece of cardboard on a street in Kuala Lumpur begging for change. These are the invisible people. We encounter them in every city in the world, but how often do any of us really see them?

    The woman who is about to walk past the beggar won’t look at her or interact with her on any level. Instead she will walk on by without giving the begging woman a second glance.

    I’m no better, of course. I do the same most of the time. I won’t ignore anyone if they directly interact with me, but if they’re just sitting there as this old woman was, then I’m sorry to admit that I would be one of the many people who would simply walk past her. Sometimes I’ll give them a little money, though I can’t help but wonder if that really helps. Maybe my small change helps a little, but this is a big problem and the change required to deal with it is surely anything but small?