It was a homeless man in Hollywood who got me thinking.
We’d just flown in from San Francisco; we’d been flying
and driving for weeks. This day I saw a homeless man on
the street in Hollywood. I felt the usual mix of sorrow for him,
and anger at a society that makes a man live like this.
Later on I thought about it more, he affected me differently.
He really looked together, really organised. He was a survivor.
I’m sure his life is really tough, but I felt a deep sense of
respect for him, much more than pity. Then I asked myself,
why did I react this way. It struck me, that here in this crazy
world, there was a man, who drives no car, who flies no plane,
who heats no home; in a time of global warming his CO2
emissions are pretty much zero. This homeless man in
Hollywood is a model urban citizen.
I on the other hand, I live this life of good intentions,
I travel the world, I try to be aware of the earth, I sing my songs,
I look and hope for change. But out on the road, I fly every day,
I drive every day, I heat my home, and burn up so much fuel
that if everyone lived like me, we’d need about 4 planets
just to keep it all going…………………….. Shit!
Funny how a homeless man in Hollywood got me thinking….
Men like him just walk the walk, and men like me………..
Well, we talk a good talk….
It was a homeless man in Hollywood…
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