Hu­man in­dif­fer­ence to strug­gle of oth­ers shows need for more love

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - By L.A. Parker la­parker@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @la­parker6 on Twit­ter

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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