I’ve been going broke lately, trying to keep myself sane in NYC. It dawned on me recently that we are in a New World. One that I’m not entirely comfortable in. Our world has been rushing headlong into a cashless society. Which is really driving a stake between the haves and the have nots. New York City used to be a place where everybody took care of each other. Where a bum on the street at least got a dollar or some change from a bunch of people who had dollars or change to give.
But lately less and less people carry cash. So that’s less cash that flows into the cups of the less fortunate. And that’s compounded by the fact that more and more people who live in NYC don’t give a fuck about the less fortunate.
So where I used to give someone some change, or a dollar, now I’m giving them five or ten or twenty dollars. And now Im stopping to talk to them. And shaking their hands. And giving them hugs. And trying to do what I can to make them feel human. While more and more folks seems to be OK with letting them feel invisible.
The Great Divide.
It’s weighing heavily on me.