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October 16, 2008


Oh! How poignant!

I have to admit that this is one of my pet peeves about how so many people behave when interacting with people who are homeless - the refusal to not only meet their eyes, but to ignore their greetings, their questions, etc.

I know that some of it stems from discomfort and self-protection, but still. There's no reason to be rude when you haven't been offered rudeness in the first place. (I suppose poverty itself is rude?)

I try to always at least acknowledge the humanity of people who speak to me on the streets - it seems like the very least (and yet often the most important) thing one can do. Sometimes they do want money, and sometimes they prove disturbing - but they are still people.

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.