Friday, September 05, 2008



On a previous post we were discussing whether or not the poorest of the poor are able to appreciate beauty as much as those without such desperate needs. I had this picture in my folder awaiting a use, and when the discussion arose, I thought of it. I think it suggests that this person at least, who has the most humble of homes, does show appreciation for beauty with the humble plants and flowers adorning the house. I do know when sick or starving, the only comfort one gets is knowing they will live in the hereafter, but for the rest I am inclined to think they gain some comfort from the natural beauty God graced us with. I like to think so.

Photo by Veronique Lauro Lillo

4 comments:

HAINAngel2000 said...

Fred, when Brian and I lived in the motorhome for that 1 1/2 you bet we appreciated beauty. I think even more then before. It was the mountains, the sunshine, the sunsets, the beauty that helped me get through the toughest of times. Our life was like a living hell in some ways. At first it was real fun and we also did have fun too. But there were times it was very hard. It was pretty much like living in a sardine can. However we also drew closer to God, seeked Him more. You hunger for hope when there is none around you. Rich who have never been there will never know the hurt and pain there is unless they been there. That is why many rich do not go outside of their own shells. I think many poor are more humble (not all you always have rich and poor people that are just plain pigs/jerks) but the poor that are not the above know what beauty is. Its not necessarily the cars, the house that matter, its the hope, the joy and the love that do.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What one finds beautiful another finds something else beautiful too.
I found beauty in people, in things I never noticed before. When I was taken away from the worry of a house, etc.. God shown me many things in that year and half. The toughest lesson was to learn about what I needed to do and that was to work on myself and become a more deeper servant with a true servants heart more then I ever was before...

FCB said...

That's a good word Mary. I'm sure it was a mixed bag, some very good and.....the other.
Sounds like there were lots of lessons learned so good for you!
Love Fred

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Fred!

This post is very true.

Very often the poor people not only have plants around their dwellings but they are also immensely kind to animals like cats and dogs. An old rag picker woman, who is no more, used to feed stray cats and dogs in her most humble abode inspite of her abject poverty.

I suppose such kindness gives these poor people immense happiness and serves as an antidote for their miserable existence.

Have a good day!

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