Why are we – people who are so-called well-off – made to feel guilty that we have some money?
Why should we feel guilty that we have a house, two cars, stay in a nice suburb while you don’t’?
Why should we feel guilty because we’re able to buy take-outs every week and eat in nice restaurants every now and then?
Why should I feel guilty when I buy clothes for me and my children?
Should I make your dire situation my problem?
Surely my contribution to the government should be enough? Is it not the governments’ responsibility to take care of the poor and needy and homeless, etc? They sure get enough money from us to spend billions on crappy projects (the Street-name changes comes to mind…)
Yes, the government is failing terribly in meeting the needs of the poor, and yet again these very poor people who are not being treated fairly by that very same government they voted into power 15 years ago are being promised that social grants will increase, and basic HC will be provided and they will get houses, and employment and whatnot – and the masses believe these empty promises…..And guess who are they going to vote for come 22 April???
So whose problem should this be? Mine and yours (pointing at you reading this blog)? Or the government’s? Where does our responsibility end?
Believe me, I do feel sorry for everyone who does not have a home and a job and food to eat. I do what I can when I can. But the moment you make your problem mine – i.e. not having money to come home from Pietersburg because you’ve spent everything we’ve given you and more, now you want us to see to your ticket home –then I get all pissed off because I feel you are exploiting me…..