What it looks like when a society fails its vulnerable

This is worth sharing and a good read. Do you know another “Leon” and an employer like this?

The Cotton Boll Conspiracy

leon jones

Count your blessings. Be grateful for what you have. Stop and smell the roses. It’s likely most of us have heard all of the above at various time throughout our lives.

Far too often, however, it’s easier to focus on that burr under the saddle, no matter how minute, and bellyache about our problems. That, despite the fact that many of us, in reality, have been dealt a pretty good hand overall.

Just how good is sometimes evident when one is shown how the “other half,” for lack of a better term, lives.

The New York Times earlier this month ran a story about Leon Jones, a 64-year-old poultry worker who lives and works just up the road from me in Newberry, SC.

If you’re looking for someone who has a good reason to be less than happy with his lot in life, Jones would seem to be a…

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14 thoughts on “What it looks like when a society fails its vulnerable

  1. The other ‘half’ lives? From what I’ve read, the majority of the world lives in poverty. Granted people like to whine about what they DON”T HAVE, neglecting to acknowledge what they do have—-usually these people live in the middle class and have never experienced either end of the stick. What really irks me, is that the majority of the world’s monetary wealth lies in the grips of the 1% who still can’t seem to get enough. While I’m not one for ‘spending other people’s money’, I do think if that wealth in the upper 1% were dispersed equally, there would be no poverty. Period. There is a huge difference between ‘want’ and ‘need’.

      • Fair enough, if you click on “view original” that should take you to the rest of the article and you may leave a comment there. 🙂

      • Thanks. Sometimes time runs short, so I don’t always follow to the original source. But I do have strong views on the overall picture of rich vs poor relative to the abundance of Mother Earth.

    • I’ve asked Cotton Ball to respond to your comment and here it is:
      Cotton Boll Conspiracy December 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm
      Orples, thank you for your comment. I put “other half” in quotes specifically because far more than half the world lives, as you noted, in poverty. It was simply a literary device. Part of what is so sobering about these scenarios is the recognition that far more people live hand-to-mouth with no real safety net than the powers that be would like to admit. I appreciate your thoughts.

  2. Orples, thank you for your comment. I put “other half” in quotes specifically because far more than half the world lives, as you noted, in poverty. It was simply a literary device. Part of what is so sobering about these scenarios is the recognition that far more people live hand-to-mouth with no real safety net than the powers that be would like to admit. I appreciate your thoughts.

  3. Those of us who have been lucky enough to not have food or warm shelter usually learn to be grateful for even the smallest luxury. Great post, thank you Perpertua!

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