SPIRITUALITY, FAIR TRADE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
15
October
2013

Blog #6 – 10/15/13

Text 1:

“The research showed that, for every person we provide services we were saving the Medicaid budget $18,000 per year. If you multiply that by the 5,000 people who are currently being served at home, we are cutting the Medicaid program, which is a big budgetary issue in every state in this country, by millions of dollars.”

Response 1:

It is so incredible how much of a difference can be made by creating something that is the most helpful program yet the most financially efficient. It seems that when it comes to passing bills and approving budgets for programs, we (meaning government, Congress, whomever) assume that the options are one or the other. It reminds me of this commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oxmAsGIhIk

Text 2:

“Living in an orphanage taught me to identify with those less fortunate with their plight and needs. Ever since, I have not been able to face injustice and remain uninvolved.”

Response 2:

After reading these two sentences, the only thought that came to my head was: We all need an experience like that. I’m obviously not signing myself up to live in an orphanage, but I do think that I will be more willing to be put in uncomfortable situations that give me new perspective and help me face reality. Something that really angers me about Fordham students is that many of us never get to know the Bronx. Yes, the Bronx can really suck for everyone that lives here. We live too far from the subway and what is a 20 minute drive into midtown is an hour via public transit. We can’t really walk around at night with our iPhones glued to our faces. We might get whistled at more often than necessary. But these are really great problems to have, if you ask me. There is very little injustice in those things, especially because most of us have the ability to go to school/live elsewhere if we so desire. I challenge my classmates to go find something that makes them angry and do something about it. Find something that makes you say “I have not been able to face injustice and remain uninvolved.”



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