There are three types of people in the world: those who take, those who give, and those who remain indifferent. The third type is without question the most devastating & I fear that they are making up an ever increasing portion of our amazing world.
I had the honor of meeting a new survivor recently; I am looking forward to working with her. She thinks that she’s a victim right now & I can understand that viewpoint. For much of her life she was viewed & treated as property, nothing more than a commodity to be bought & sold. She is more powerful than she realizes though. Think about it for a second, she survived situations that would kill a normal person. She lived through beatings, abuse, drugs, arrests and all the rest of the crap that life could throw at her; but she is beginning the long road to starting a new path.
She asked me a question though & it’s really resonated with me over the last few days. She wanted to know why someone like me wanted to help someone like her. At first I was a bit taken aback, but the more I sit with it, the more pissed off I get.
It’s really important to note that I’m not pissed off at her, not in the least. I’m pissed off at the rest of us. I can’t even comprehend a world where a young lady who has been repeatedly victimized would even question why people would help. It’s common human decency, it’s what we are meant to do, and it’s how we as a human civilization have to exist.
As I stated earlier, I look forward to working with her. The road will be long, and there will be stumbling blocks, and difficulties. But in the end, she’ll get to where she wants to be. Free.