We’re All In This Together
“You know, it’s not hard to see that there is this great imbalance,
and that things aren’t right.
I know that, but for me I suppose it really hits home
if I stop and think about this moment,
cause it’s happening right now.
In the same moment you have a generation
who are sitting around entertaining themselves,
watching reality television,
which, to be honest, is anything but real,
while you have a child who is being prostituted behind closed doors,
and robbed of their innocence.
It’s not fair that we can go about consuming
every single material option that comes our way
while the widow and orphan are stripped of life’s basic dignities
because they’re victims of a conflict that simply isn’t theirs.
It’s not fair that there’s a generation
who are choking on their obesity,
while, at the same time,
there’s 30,000 children who will die today
for lack of food.
It’s not fair that we have no problem going about
spending $3 or $4 on what is basically
glorified tap water in a bottle with a fancy label,
while you have entire communities suffer at the hands of disease
because the only water they have access to is foul and polluted.
It’s not fair that we can sing and dance and jump around
in our freedom and in our liberty,
while, at the same time,
the slave remains captive out of sight and out of mind.
It’s not fair that we can sit and watch the evening news
from the comfort of our living rooms
and pity those who lived where the storm hit
or where the ground shook
or where the water rose,
and simply feel sorry for them
and then change the channel
and get on with supper.
Is it fair to walk past the homeless man and give him nothing
in the assumption that he’ll spend it on booze or cigarettes,
or to suggest that he should go out and get a job?
I mean, who are we to judge
or the prostitute
or the addict
or the criminal
as if we are any better?
Who are we to forget
or the oppressed
or the marginalized,
while we go about chasing the dream?
We see this imbalance and we amend,
“That’s not right. That’s not fair.”
But all too often, that’s all we do.
Because for us to do any more,
is actually going to cost us something.
And if that’s where it ends,
perhaps then it’s fair to say
that when we ignore the prostituted child,
that we actually lend our hand to their abuse.
That when we ignore the widow and the orphan in their distress,
that we actually add to their pain.
When we ignore the slave who remains captive,
that it’s us whose entrapping them.
That when we forget the refugee,
that it’s us who’s displacing them.
That when we choose not to help the poor and the needy,
that we actually rob them.
Perhaps the only fair thing to say
is that when we forsake the lives of others,
we actually forsake our own.”