Where has empathy gone?

Another low-barrier housing facility has been approved in Rutland by Kelowna city council, and yet again I am faced with the utter disappointment in the seeming majority of Kelowna citizens. 

When did we lose our empathy? When did we stop recognizing the human in every person, whether or not they're homeless or addicted? 

As one of the many who has been touched by mental illness and addiction, the response by the community has been extremely heartbreaking.

I was one of the lucky ones who got a desperately needed diagnosis and help before I wound up homeless. Would you look upon me with disgust and outrage? 

Maslow's hierarchy of needs states the basic needs are physiological needs such as food, water and warmth, followed by safety needs such as security and safety.

These low-barrier housing facilities will provide exactly that, so while you scream with outrage, I implore you to remember two things: 

  • You are screaming with outrage from a home, a roof over your head. Whether that be rented or owned. 
  • Matt.22 Verse 39 – "And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself."

Victoria Laaber

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