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our world is wrong
a plea to save the human race
by robert a. melos

As I was looking around the city today I had two thoughts. One: I love cities. They have a beauty to them equal to a forest. I love a city, especially in the rain. The second thought came when I saw some homeless people sitting on benches in the driving rain and picking through garbage cans looking for scraps of food. That thought is, our world isn't right. Somewhere along the way our world, the human race, man, lost track of what is right and true. We need a world where homelessness doesn't exist, where people aren't starving and reduced to scrounging for food in the garbage of the rich man.

Our world is on the wrong path, going in the wrong direction. I know there are people in this world who can't cope with life, with the world, and who are reduced to homelessness and starvation, through no real fault of their own other than they were born into the world, and it is wrong for those of us who are better off to ignore them, to allow them to fall through the cracks of society. Our social services system has failed and is failing at an alarming rate.

It is wrong and there's no two ways about it. Our government, for the rich, of the rich, by the rich, needs to be taken apart and restructured to a point of assisting even the weakest among us, for if we build up our weakest links, refortify them and help them we are helping ourselves. Living in a world where only the strong survive is wrong, and unnecessary. We as a race should be ashamed of our selves and feel we've failed whenever a person falls through the cracks or is lost in an uncaring system.

I really don't know what to do, but I know it is wrong to let our fellow man, fellow human beings, and fellow creatures, falter and die or disappear or fade into obscurity because we are pursuing financial security and material satisfaction. We need to give back to the world, to help others.

Yes, I know it is an impossible task to ask of others because the greed levels of society are astronomical, and I admit I don't know what I can do to help alleviate the suffering of others, but we must do something before it's too late for all of us.

The cynical side of me already knows what the well-off will think of as a solution; Homeless Hunts. Let's start hunting the homeless. Let's arm ourselves and get some dogs, and track the homeless and hunt them down in the city streets for sport and get rid of them. I know that's a thought some of you reading this had before I mentioned it. You thought it, and maybe admonished yourself for thinking it, but you thought it just as I did while writing this. Hunting isn't the answer, helping is. Again, I don't know how to go about helping when I don't have money and am one step away from homelessness myself, but someone must have an answer that will save the human race from itself.


Robert is the author of the novels Cool Mint Blue, Melba Ridge, and the recently released The Adventures of Homosexual Man and Lesbian Lad; and the creator of the on-line comix Impure Thoughts found at his web site Inside R.A. Melos, as well as having been an on-line staff writer for QBliss where he had a monthly humor column, Maybe A Yip, Maybe A Yap. In his non-writing time, when he's not studying the metaphysical or creating a tarot deck, he sells real estate in Middlesex County New Jersey, hangs out with his dog Zeus, and spends time at the Pride Center of New Jersey in Highland Park, NJ, where he is on the Board of Trustees.

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