Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wisdom Wednesday...Rights

Recently, a homeless woman was served a ticket for not having identification and train fare (remember she's "homeless"). Instead of the Officer using his discretion for this woman's condition, he questioned the homeless woman until what seem to appear in her eyes were tears. Frightened having one officer and 2 other train security personnel surround her, it was not until a passenger yelled from the back of the train.. 

Passenger: You see she is homeless, why don't you leave her alone?!
Officer: You stay out of this, is she your people's?!
Passenger: Yes, she is my sister!
Officer ignores passenger and lower his voice and further deals with the homeless woman, while one of the train security begin saying to the passenger...
Train Security: You be quiet, or else I will take you to jail!
Passenger: Why?!
Train Security: Let me see your I.D.!
Passenger: Why! and tell me why you wanna take me to jail first....
By this time both the officer and train security begin to surround the passenger, while the train security tries to intimidate the passenger with his notepad showing the passenger a checklist of offenses.
Officer: What are you talking about, she has no train fare and no I.D.
Passenger: You see she's homeless, potentially with no address.
Officer: You do not know what you are talking about, I secure public safety!
Passenger: Your job is to secure, use your discretion and identify this woman is homeless and while detecting a possible mental illness through her demeanor and speech! You should call the DMH (Dept of Mental Health team) and ensure the public's safety...
Officer: You need to be quiet, 'cause you have no idea what you're saying.
Passenger: The problem is your community outreach team, teaches the public our rights and protocol and then you stand here saying, "You are wrong, you know nothing"
Officer: Who do you know?
Passenger: Don't matter, I know my rights!

Train comes into the next stop and Officer instructs his crew, "let's get off this train!"
The Best Advice Ever....

There is no excuse for an individual not having knowledge unless a birth defect or an injury prevents a person from learning. Information is widely accessible via experts, libraries, pamphlets, free workshops, community organizations and of course the World Wide Web. 

Many of us are socially suffering from a lack of knowledge and how to properly apply it, which prevent individuals and groups from taking a better position in society. Subsequently, society itself seem to be falling behind on all levels of social life. Mainly due to a lack of knowledge and awareness of policies. 

Everything is just work, distractions and more work. We have no real time for learning essential basic lessons and knowledge for a more healthier lifestyle. "If one knew and applied rightful learning, it would be hard for a person to lose at anything."

Once learned, understood, articulated and applied properly. Others may have a problem with you, but they have no other choice but to "respect and understand you more clearly." On what ever path you currently walk, people have fought and died for your right to breathe. That passenger looked me dead in my eyes and said...."Know your Rights, Knowing your rights will help save your life!"
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King Jr.

Wisdom Wednesday are thoughts for social conversations and the sharing of honest opinions, ideals, and Wisdom. All of us have a value worth sharing; it may motivate another to stop, continue and/or begin a certain process in our personal or social development.

Note: The homeless woman gave the passenger a hug saying "thank you."


  1. "Everything is just work, distractions and more work. We have no real time for learning essential basic lessons and knowledge for a more healthier lifestyle."