Lockdown Log: Charity begins at home

Candice Nolan / May 14, 2020

Lockdown Log: Charity begins at home

Bureaucracy is the worst of humanity. Arbitrary rules being imposed on the unsuspecting public, mostly from air conditioned offices. This is how not to govern. Take a gander of this article from a local knock and drop. This is what journalism is all about! Charity begins at home!

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. A truer thing has never been spoken. Mostly, government tries to do its best. But it’s peopled by people. And people are complicated. Sometimes in an effort to better themselves, they lose touch with real people.

I mean, why try to reinvent the wheel. Here we have an organisation which has been working with the homeless for many years. When the coronavirus pandemic struck, they swiftly adjusted to the times. Responsibly wearing face masks, and practising social distancing, they continued their important work.

What’s the point of all the regulations, if people are going to still end up dying of starvation or a lack of proper shelter?! In this instance, government would do better in becoming an enabler for charity organisations on the ground. Perhaps providing financial support or Personal Protective Equipment?

Charity begins at home

I think that government sometimes gets ahead of itself. And in the process, they tend to lose the plot. All this talk about regulations and the enforcing thereof. It gives rise to ridiculous situations. Nobody understands the business of survival better than the destitute. Every day, they wonder where their next meal will come from. It reminds me of a podcast I produced a short few months ago.

So in their best intention, to save the poor from coronavirus, they are effectively restricting their access to a free meal. A warm plate of food. Dignity. And all because they are trying to protect the poor from yet another thing that could lead to their death. Coronavirus is the bogey man. No doubt about that.

But the fact of the matter is that there is no cure. The body will have to fight this virus on its own. The best thing we can do is to equip people with healthy food, warm blankets and shelter. That way, if they do catch this virus (which is more or less inevitable), they have a fighting chance at survival.

I can only hope and pray that the government (made up of people) will come to their senses sooner rather than later.

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