So there is this little Chinese restaurant--it sounds so cliche.
But this one really is so small and bare that despite its name, which I don't even know, we call it "The Hole In the Wall."
This poor family with their children work behind the counter and kitchen serving up to the locals in the area.
We know them from the neighborhood and they are always friendly and nice people just trying to make their way
Well, over the weekend, this is what happened to their little hole in the wall.
See the photo at the top!
I asked the lady, "What happened here?"
And she told me they had been broken into.
"That's terrible! Well, what was taken?"
"Just a little cash box, but there wasn't much in it," and she half smiles.
Like this is what they smashed their door and broke in for...a few measly bucks.
I told her how sorry I was for her and her family.
The people with nothing break into the other people who have nothing to steal basically nothing.
While so many of the gazillionaires are choking on their wads and wads of money lavishly spending on mansions, yachts, planes, cars, drugs, prostitutes, clothes, jewelry, and endless parties.
Let the others starve...except let me give a little to start a foundation...it's a great tax shelter!
What type of world is this?
I've been sick the last few days and had the chance to watch a few movies related to this theme.
One was the Bitter Harvest about how Russia raped and pillaged Ukraine in the 1930s treating them as their breadbasket.
In the movie, Stalin says to take 90% of the food from the Ukrainian peasant farmers whose land they invaded and seized.
His henchman replies: "But they'll starve to death."
To this Stalin responds, "Then takes everything!"
The movie well-portrayed the merciless killings and the people starving in the villages and the city streets.
According to the postscript at the end of the movie 7 to 10 million Ukrainians perished.
Those were the days of great evil--Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Hideki Tojo, etc.
Then another movie, The Birth Of A Nation, showing the horrors that the black people endured under slavery in this country.
The beatings, the rapes, the hangings, at one point, they even took a hammer and smashed the teeth out of the poor black man's face as he hung from the wall in the barn in order to force feed him.
The brutality was unbelievable.
What type of world is this (again)?
G-d must watch this evil and want to smite mankind for the seemingly endless evil, but for his mercy and love the world endures another day.
Our challenge in the face of all the freakin' evil out there is to do one good deed, say one good word, change the script of the evil doers...that's all you and I can really do.
Change the script...mend the broken glass of the poor restaurant owner...mend the broken world. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)