Thursday, December 15, 2011

a free lunch

Chef Preparing Food in a Kitchen clipart
I was at a pre-Christmas lunch today. Young men in an area of socio-economic deprivation were cooking lunch for the vulnerable elderly of their locality in the local youth centre. When they had finished serving to those who were there, they planned to take plates of food to those unable to to leave their homes.

These are the young men who will almost certainly never go to university, may never have a full-time job, & are unlikely to own their own home. In our 'economy' they are considered non-productive, a drain on resources. But this is a lie. They are not the problem, it is a system that fails to cherish all people. We do not live in an economy, we live in a community, which is made up of many smaller communities, and these communities are better places when those who live in them care about each other. These young men understand that. And it makes them wiser than those who run nations and more valuable than those who try to convince us that we are all parts of some vast economic system.

Jesus said 'blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.' Well, there they are. I wonder what it is that the rest of us shall inherit?

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