Re: from another listfriend

Virginia Sellner (
Fri, 12 Jun 1998 12:30:23 -0600 (MDT)

Very timely indeed and definitely relevant to homelessness.  Virginia

At 11:20 AM 6/12/98 -0700, P. Myers wrote:
>This friend's description of evil was originally related to race/hate
>murders.  Her analysis, however, is just as timely and relevant to
>homelessness.  I wanted to, forwarded with permission... 
>Pat Myers
>---------- Forwarded message 
>I believe that every individual who does not believe homelessness is her
>problem, or who ignores it, or who looks at only the "bright and shiny"
>side of the coin implying both sides are, or who is unaware of it is a
>part of the problem. 
>Truly evil acts depend on more (and probably most) of us believing we are
>removed from them.  Truly evil acts require that we isolate responsibility
>for each of these acts to an individual or a few others in order for evil
>acts to be able to exist -- until, of course, they become "acceptable" to
>do by society as a whole.  The beliefs include:  "They" did it (or chose
>it) and no one but "them" is capable of it"; they" did it because "they"
>are so very different from the rest of us; "they" are solely responsible
>for their actions; and "they" must be nuts to do such a thing.
>We don't live in a vaccuum; our society is filled with hidden agendas,
>winks of the eye, contradiction in what we say and do, and tolerance (or
>cowardice) about letting others stand in front of us and commit little
>acts of intolerance without our comments. 
>Pat:  this so clearly, for me, shows how some of us manage to go about our
>lives, with no sense of personal responsibility for creating a social
>situation that maintains and legitimizes what can only be rationally
>understood as cruelty and social blindness.