Posted by: picturefool | August 13, 2008

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.*

When the news came out about the Extreme Makeover home being in foreclosure a group gathered where I could overhear them and began poor-bashing.

You can’t do anything for those people.

You can’t help people like that.

It’s just proof that people like that are too stupid to learn how to handle money.

I was so upset by this. We have had people help us in times of need and I like to think we are working hard to keep from needing help in the future. We are still recovering. It will be a while before our credit is healed and all of our debts are settled but in the meantime we are both gainfully employed, working hard, trying to raise our child the right way.

Everything these people said was a slap in the face and I still feel the sting.

I did some checking. There have been 121 episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. One, ONE, home is now in foreclosure. That is 0.83% – less than 1% – of the homes built by this show.

Now, I don’t know what happened with this foreclosure family. I know what has been reported in the news. They may be jerks. They may be morons. Or they may have had some devastating losses that led to this situation. It doesn’t matter, in a global sense, what happened. This one isolated case is not representative of the whole. To deem it so is to diminish the honor and dignity of a very large percentage our nation’s population. To say that they are not worthy of a helping hand.

I’ve seen it all from all sides. I work around very wealthy people – wealth managers, in fact. I have lived above crack dealers and thieves. I have lived in middle class neighborhoods. I have met and talked with people from all of those groups and there are good people and bad people in every cross-section. Poor people are not bad, rich people are not bad. It’s all a mix.

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money. ~W.C. Fields

*Psalms 41:1

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