The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles. ~Ayn Rand
Dirt Man and I have preset internal life values that we live by. These are expectations we have in life. They are how we treat other people, how we expect others to treat us, and how we view mankind should treat one another. We live on principle and don’t cave to other people’s notions of how we should behave. Some might think we’re snobby, but if someone doesn’t meet our standards we don’t try to establish deeper contact. We have been known to sever connections to people or businesses due to principle.
An example of this is that Dirt Man has not shopped at a certain grocery store in our area for at least fifteen years due to their handling of a homeless woman. We met this woman that I will call Tee when we were housing and feeding the homeless in our area. She was not only homeless but had some mental difficulties as well. And she was pregnant on top of that. Anyway, Dirt Man was shopping at this particular store and heard the store manager yelling at Tee and threatening to call the police on her because she was outside the store asking people for food/money.
Dirt Man called Tee to the side and told her to walk to the McDonalds next door and he would purchase her a meal. He did just that and gave her a few dollars. He then went back to the store and asked for the manager and explained Tee’s situation and told them if this was a business that didn’t care to help those less fortunate than he would no longer frequent that establishment. I was not privy to either incident. I banned the store for a while. Sometimes, I go there out of convenience which irritates my husband. He prefers that we spend our money at a different grocery chain but on occasion will go into one of that chain but not that particular store.
We have continued to run into Tee at other times. I once saw her in the pharmacy. She was frantic and raving to everyone. People were trying to avoid her as she was yelling out her circumstances in an effort for help. Since I knew a little about her, I listened to her. Turned out she had a hysterectomy two weeks earlier and was still bleeding and thought she was dying. She thought that the pharmacist would be medically able to help her. Tee didn’t understand that you bleed for a few weeks. I knew the pharmacist and I got her to talk with Tee. She and I calmed her down and the pharmacist made a few calls for her through the social services system and got her an appointment. I asked Tee where her baby was and she said that Social Services had taken her daughter and placed her in foster care. I imagine that it had more to do with her mental condition rather than the fact that she was bouncing between shelters. That was the last time I ever saw Tee. That pharmacy is an establishment that trains it’s employees to care for it’s community. We continue to shop there.
Some might think we are out of line. I prefer to call it living by the golden rule…treating others how you want to be treated. And I truly believe that we all reap what we sow.
If you can get along with everyone and everyone loves you, then you don’t stand for much. A person who stands his ground for his principles and won’t compromise his integrity is not loved by everyone. ~Larry Winget