Wednesday, December 14, 2005
The Great Divide
UNLIMITED GROWTH INCREASES THE DIVIDE
I took this photo earlier this year. This little old hotel was right across the street from my college. A little brick building amidst the concrete, glass and steel skyscrapers. I saw this building as a little guy standing proudly waving a defiant fist at the bully's surrounding him on the playground. A modest four stories as compared to twenty or thirty stories. The buiding in behind is our provincial "Gas & Electricity" corporation. They are a hugely wealthy industry. This little hotel is a cute old building, with character, a monument to the history of Vancouver's early days. The Hydro building is also a fine structure, a testiment to modern architecture, a roofline that reflects the outline of our local mountains. But seeing them side by side.... exadurates each buildings features. The splendor of the mega-giant overshadows the former grace of this old hotel. Its newness making the senior appear more run down and neglected. If you magnified this photo you could read that the sign across the front of the old hotel says "UNLIMITED GROWTH INCREASES THE DIVIDE".
Is the same true of people? Are the rich so far removed from the poor. One lives in a mansion, the other in a cold ,dirty doorway. The streets where these buildngs sit are lined with homeless, dirty people begging for a hand out, lucky to have socks on their feet, let alone one hung out for Santa. Walking past them are the well dressed clean people enroute to the next high priced shop to make that next purchase of some overpriced trinket that will go so nicely into that stocking hung by the fire place of their mansion.
My charity of choice this Christmas is the Women in Need Charity here in my own town. My attempt at shrinking the great divide.
IMPENDING DELIVERY OF MY YOUNGEST SISTER CATHERINS'S BABY. IT WAS DUE YESTERDAY. SHE'S READY TO POP ANYTIME. PLEASE KEEP HER IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.