I decided to walk for exercise instead of the Elliptical. Needed a view of the real world than just staring at the wall. Cardio lazy lately. Outdoors is my easy Fitness motivator.
Where is God in all these? Where is our God in times of being alone, desperate, needing help and support? Where are the People suppose to be an extension of his love, kindness and mercy? Where’s our Church and Community when we need them the most? Could be me. Could be you. No shame in having questions. No shame in walking alone.
So I did. City Downtown should be busy exciting by now with People and Businesses as restrictions are being lifted left and right plus everything that was already defied many weeks ago.
I was expecting droves of People like in the Indoor Malls welcoming back their freedom as the number of COVID daily cases are going down, but it was the opposite, the City Downtown was dead.
City Downtown is on an extended year of coma.
Saddest scene of all my walks since March 2020. In comparison to my previous walks, the actual community scenes were a clear evidence that many have abandoned the city and are not coming back.
Is this happening to other Cities in America too? I wouldn’t know. The News and Social Media have been mixed with truth and lies that one needs lots of common sense and honest reflections to figure out which one is true.
I didn’t notice them before, but doors and window displays from isolated stores and restaurants to an entire city blocks are beautifully painted with Art. Most on glass. Others on boarded plywood.
It caught my attention from afar that I had to move closer to appreciate their details more. Indeed, they are stunning and thought provoking.
Art isn’t just about beauty. Art is message to the World the Artist hopes to convey either to be understood, express a dream or bring change. I was realizing all. It wasn’t that hard just looking at the City’s entirety.
The Bay Area and the Silicon Valley has the most expensive, unregulated Housing and Real Estate. So, no surprise they also have the most numbers of Homelessness and untreated Mental Health in the Country.
Many Residents are in this unrealistic Life and Lifestyle Bubble that has so much denial and vanity in them.
Million Dollars Real estate for sale magazine on the street, painting of the promised dream land and dream home by the wall. Ironic for those who already seen and experienced these lies. A possible trap for its next victims.
Insensitiveness is okay. Apathetic toughness is cool even.
Gold Hearted does not create a Society that allows People to loose everything and live on the streets. Gold Hearted does not exist when People are mean and pains another. Wearing a love and heart T-shirt doesn’t mean we are loving and kind to all. False pretenses however makes People feel better about themselves. If we are the cause of the mental and emotional stress of a co-worker, Family, Friends, strangers, we are far from Gold Hearted.
Women and Butterflies drawn at a Gentleman’s Club parking lot. Human Exploitation is allowed in broad delight. Sexual and Inhuman Labor Slavery are real evils in the Land of the Free, California is no Heaven to the unfortunate ones.
Illegal migrants and minors are the easiest prey. If they speak they get deported. If they fight and run away, they disappear like they never existed.
The contrast of the rich and poor is so sickening, but many learned to adapt and accept circumstances they can’t change nor care to improved.
Wondering where the average middle income lives where houses cost close to a million and above? Mostly apartments. Some low income singles, even families would share these apartments. Very reason COVID is an easy share when one lives in a very crowded, poorly ventilated spaces. Others live with their Parents and Grandparents.
The Homeless. We see them, but most of us will not look back nor stare. Whether it’s just a normal reaction or a way to escape one’s conscience.
More Americans are sleeping on the streets, outside abandoned stores, parks, under overpass, by the rivers and creeks. Many of them have ignored and untreated Mental Health Illnesses.
Homeless tent at noon in a park in front of a luxurious giant hotel doesn’t cause a reaction nor action. Numbness or Mercy, Tolerance or Helplessness, I don’t have an exact word for it but I know it’s very wrong.
The Art were designed to cover as much window and space, but what’s not covered by Art, are the Truth, the Lies and the Why’s. Perfect Camouflage. Perfect distraction. Other Countries have done such cover-up, the U.S. is no exemption.
Truth is something I can see, hear, smell, touch and feel. Truth are my own observation, experience and everyday reality.
Anyone telling me a different story in contrast to what I personally encountered and overcome needs to shut up.
2022 is a very long series of mega Storms. Don’t be swallowed and be lost in them.
Clarity by choice. Alive by choice. Informed by choice. Survival by choice.
I’ve seen a lot in my walk, the good, the bad, the ugly. However, I choose to end my Downtown City walk with Hope. I choose to remember what will make me smile and feel happy. And that, I want to share with you because we all need a great laugh, a big smile and towering free spaces of Happiness. That is my Truth.
Till next walk my Friend…