Human indifference to struggle of others shows need for more love
The visually impaired black man used a white cane for navigation as he entered Trenton Transit Center from Raoul Wallenberg Ave.
His back carried a large pack, plus, a smaller bag. He maneuvered successfully the first 30 or 40 yards but difficulty arrived as his journey moved toward a seating area.
His mental GPS tugged him right for some reason where his white cane pushed against a man’s foot.
“I’m sorry,” he said, an apology that went unanswered.
Still pulled right, his cane struck the floored briefcase of a businessman dressed in a blue suit and accentuated with brown shoes. His invasion startled the commuter.
Another apology. And no reply.
A personal “a little to the left” advice gained him a clear lane and he found his way into the Dunkin Donut shop.
I wondered why neither man had responded to his apology or even voiced any support in giving direction.
“You know, L.A., I think that a lot of people want to see others fail. They feel better about their lives when others struggle,” a Trenton Transit Center acquaintance said.
Let’s hope not. Trenton and the world needs love.
That fabulous Dionne Warwick song “What the World Needs Now” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David underscored humankind’s deficiency.
“What the world needs now is love sweet love,
Its the only thing that there’s just to little of,
What the world needs now is love sweet love.”
L.A. Parker is a Trentonian columnist.
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