I can’t do nothing in the face of persistent human need- regardless of why it exists!
Self inflicted suffering provides context but ( for me at least ) doesn’t disincentivize assisting except in extreme cases where manipulation and disceit are discovered.
Much of what is called self medication in the past would have been written off as self inflicted harm. Abuse of legal and illegal substances point toward unseen and unresolved issues within a person’s psyche. Knowing that, can a compassionate person simply walk by and conclude whatever degree of hunger and homelessness such persons experience is acceptable?
I don’t accept human suffering as a given and understand that the little I do to address it accomplishes infinitely more than doing nothing.
While an active member of the real-life Superhero ( RLSH ) community, costume optional division ( lol ), I do not consider myself a hero. Street fights broken up; rowdy people removed; homeless outreach done; accolades and random acts of kindness shared are part of a life style anyone can experience if they’re willing to pay attention to unmet needs.
When someone is kind enough to refer to me as as a hero, I often respond, ” No. I’m inspired by heroes. ” As a neologism and acronym creator, the term ” SISA ” or superhero inspired safety advocate, came to mind after contemplation. I’m always looking at how to better define what I and others do.
Despite having a very active imagination, I know that I’m not a superhero; I’m a safety advocate inspired by them…and I’m not the only one. 🙂
#CapBlackRLSH #SISA ( superhero inspired safety advocate ).
Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week: Feb 11-17, from #CapBlackRLSH creator of the #RAKAttack #randomactsofkindness #RAK
As political friction elbows into fiction, I wish creators of varying ideologies could either 1. Play well together or 1a. make parallel creative platforms and express to their hearts content before like minds.
I don’t understand this totalitarian urge, on both sides of the proverbial aisle, to dictate; demean anddemonize content with which they disagree.
The Comics Gate flap has emerged from the Comics Right and I’m confident a liberal version will go live any day now ( if it hasn’t already ) hunting creators who dare share content with whom they differ.
The fact this happened on the cusp of the debut of the Black Panther movie hasn’t escaped my attention either. It seems not all are elated that the latest cinematic super person hails from an advanced African nation. Whether one feels the film is hype or hallowed, the timing of this and other dissent bears consideration.
Another Comics Gate concern is the role played by social justice advocacy in story lines and reinterpretation of flagship characters at one major publisher. The medium has had to keep pace with social change and has at times challenged norms in need of opposition. Some feel this had gone too far and Comics Gate is this concern’s latest manifestion.
Comics inspire and inform and often unite creators and audiences who otherwise agree upon very little outside of this magic medium.
It’s this experience which may be comics greatest gift to our politically turbulent times. I’d hate to see political friction elbow such unity out of fiction.
The essence of my advocacy is very simple: Create safety ( street patrol and victim support ); share supply ( homeless outreach); generate justice ( exposing wrongdoing ) and self development ( motivation plus action )- not always in that order but always how my effort is ordered..
Ideological argument or partisan set tripping are profound wastes of time which could otherwise be spent changing outcomes for the better around us.
As a #superrights person, I promote legislating better outcomes beside like minds on the streets, instead of awaiting elites in distant suites.
These are my four ways to save the day.
#StarveHunger is my approach to combating food security needs among the homeless in my area. I can’t accept that people should be hungry while literally surrounded by food.
Here are a few of my #starvehunger methods, none of which require having as much money as the government SNAP program or big nonprofit food pantries:
*Fast food franchise dollar and bargain menus are a quick resource working class hunger starvers can use to feed folks. You don’t have to go broke filling someone’s stomach and they don’t have to go hungry: a win-win situation in my book.
*Convenience stores where you can get multiple ( between 10-20 ) pieces of chicken or fish for under $15. Hot comfort food on a cold night goes a long way in boosting morale that would otherwise plummet. Please consider how would it feel if you were hungry and someone showed up with a party pack and feeding you was the party?
*Dollar themed supermarkets and supercenters like Sam’s; Walmart or Costco offer bulk supplies at lower rates allowing you to prepare meals at home or work to give out en masse to the homeless.
Most hunger starvers aren’t wealthy but don’t allow modest means to keep them from helping those who really need assistance.
You don’t have to be rich to starve hunger, but doing it makes you feel like a million bucks!
Let’s starve hunger and help the homeless eat daily! 🙂