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The Homeless On Fire

Here in Los Angeles, and I’m sure in many urban centers across the country, homelessness has become ramped. Homeless encampments have sprung up all over the place. I’m also sure that this problem is frequently discussed on the news in your community as it is here in L.A.

One of the revealing things I heard recently was that the homeless were responsible for starting approximately eighty percent of all of the fires that the fire department responded to in the city of Los Angeles over the past year. That’s a big percentage.

The other night, on the news, they interviewed a business owner whose business was destroyed by a group of homeless people camped out next to it. He detailed how he had contacted the city numerous times and asked them to help move those people away as not only were they negatively affecting his business but now they ultimately destroyed it. He was not the only business owner to have had their business destroyed by a fire created by the homeless in recent times. The news report detailed several other occurrences. In addition, it was also detailed that the homeless have been responsible for causing a number of wild fires in the L.A. area.

Presumably, the homeless did not start these destructive fires with the intention of burning down forest, parkland, homes, or businesses. They were most likely trying to cook food or stay warm. But nonetheless, they are responsible for the destruction that ensued.

So, here’s the question, do you think when a homeless person starts a fire that destroys a business they care about the impact to that business, its clientele, or that business owner, or do you think they only care about their possession that may have been destroyed in the fire? Meaning, do they have care or concern about their victim or do they only think about themselves?

Think about your own life. Think about the things that you have instigated. Think about the things that you have done that have negatively affected the life of someone else. When that event occurred, did you take the damage you created to the life of the other person into consideration or did you only think about what occurred to you?

I believe this is a very important mental conclusion that you must come to because it is going to provide you with a very deep insight into who and what you truly are. It will detail the kind of person you truly are. And, if you are open enough, it may even provide you with the impetus for the change that you need to become a better person.

As I have passed through my life, I have witnessed that most commonly, when someone did something that hurt me, they rare took responsibility for their actions; they rarely said, “Sorry,” and/or tried to repair the damage. In most cases, they denied, they lied, or they even tried to place the blame on me. Of course, from a removed perspective, we can all understand that is wrong and that is the wrong way to think or behavior. But, look around you; that style of behavior goes on all the time.

How about you? Has there been a time in your life when you did something that hurt someone or something and you denied your responsibility in the action? Did you only think about yourself, what happened to
you, how you feel about the occurrence, and the loss you experienced? Or, did you admit to what you had done, say you were, “Sorry,” and try to repair in damage in what you had instigated?

Before you look too far outside of yourself, you really need to study who you are. Because if you don’t, you may well start a fire in someone else’s life and then will you even care?