How We Treat the Least Among Us

The video is a week old at this point, which in internet time is practically another epoch, but some topics are unfortunately evergreen. A customer shot video of a homeless man being kicked out of McDonald’s by police, even though that same customer had purchased a meal for the man. From personal experience working with the homeless, this is a very common type of occurrence. In most cases they don’t allow the person to finish their food, and many times won’t even allow them to take the food with them.

My struggle is to not be judgmental toward the people that are clearly behaving judgmentally toward the homeless. It bothers me that I am being hypocritical toward a band of shameless hypocrites. It comes down to who has the power and the privilege in this situation. At the end of the day, the police, the McDonald’s staff, and the other patrons are going to crawl into their beds with full bellies.

“for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

– Matthew 25: 42-48

I plan to write about this more extensively, and from a Buddhist perspective, in the next issue of HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror.