Their Humanity – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: thinglink.com Still from the 1968 musical ‘Oliver twist’

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” Dom Helder Camara

Their Humanity

Why do you fear that
helping another will cheat 
you of all that you dream
for yourself, and that your small
piece will be taken by those less 
deserving of their humanity,
that it takes away your veneer of
appearing caring when you give
so little and the self-righteous
judgements you offer, that their
poverty is clearly deserved, and
besides, it is your superpower to 
divvy droplets of coin like cheap 
salvation so long as someone is
watching your performance?
Why do you imagine that the
world is just for you?

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Note: Following Camara’s famous comment I note that it is still the case that it is easy to pillory or dismiss people who become concerned for the plight of others as ‘leftist’, ‘communist’, ‘socialist’, ‘social democrat’, ‘democrat’, ‘Christian democrat’, Greens and etc., etc.

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55 responses to “Their Humanity – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Well said Paul. Its time those that can help do so, without an audience.

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  2. Exactly! This culture of entitlement leads us nowhere.

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  3. Excellent quote and your words, of course.

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  4. livinglifesplendidly26

    Indeed! Beautiful Poem and Inspiration!

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  5. I hadn’t heard the Camara quote before. It reminds me of how discouraged my dad was when the church sewing circle (Stitch & Bitch) refused to let go of any of the money they’d made and help the poor in our community, instead opting to have the kneeler cushions reupholstered. He would have appreciated your poem very much.

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  6. Charis Counselling

    Great poem – well said

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  7. “Why do you imagine that the world is just for you?”
    Not only are you good with words, I find you very thoughtful of others as well.

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  8. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    CHRIST FED THEM—ANYONE WHO CARES NOT FOR THE LEAST OF THESE—DON’T KNOW GOD! MATTHEW 25: 30 AND MATTHEW 7: 22-23.

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  9. YET…The basic tenants of socialism or communism are ti use whatever folks will believe–true or not–to gain absolute power. Show me a mostly socialist country who can REALLY feed the masses—without outside support. ain’t any such state, without some form of economic modifiers!

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    • All states use your first ideal including so called democratic nations, our rather tame lot use exactly that method, and in my view all states fail that test no matter their politics, but the crucial issue for me is the attitude, at least some states are not fixed just on the individual, Finland would be the primary example, followed by a good chunk of north Western Europe and Iceland. Socialism always recognised that a good neighbour policy viz trade was always necessary because the world’s resources are so varied, so trade is crucial. I think all politics fails. But I also believe that the right is the most dangerous particularly because it easily manipulates Christians, and is forged on the survival of the fittest, social Darwinists. 🙂

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      • YOU DO HAVE GOOD POINTS. HOWEVER, WHILE CONSERVATIVES USE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS, LIBERALS/SOCIALISTS AIM TO HARASS AND STAMP CHRISTIANS OUT—CHRISTIAN BELIEF BEING CONSIDERED A THREAT TO THE STATE AND ITS POWER . WE GET IT FROM BOTH SIDES!

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      • We do, but I’m still thinking that if I’m having to choose, the non-right is better for me.

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  10. That was interesting! A lot of truth there.

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  11. The quote is so true, and how often had we heared about humanity, but of communists too. Whly – only rhetoric this way – do we actually have fear about a leftwinged Pope, and lieftwinged others? Isnt it not extremistic giving the poor and the helpless not what they deserve? Michael

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  12. beautifully said! i absolutely agree. the quote and word choice are amazing! i really enjoyed reading this poem, thank you very much for sharing!☺️

    Follow @everythingtips for tips and recommendations if interested☺️ It would mean a lot to me!🥺🤍

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  13. Humanity can make world beautiful with happy souls
    Stay safe happy healthy and wealthy

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  14. Truly spoken…..Its just that no matter how hard we try we cannot satisfy everyone

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  15. Hello Beautiful Friends,

    I hope you all are having a blissful & happy weekend? I’m Brian, I am a humanitarian, I love animals too.

    I try my best to create a greater height for humans, due to my experience in life. It was really hectic on me. But I Thank God for a better today. I offer a job opportunity for individuals and also assist the less privileged to the best of my ability. I love you all, feel free to write me, as I’m an instrument of peace (GODs Hand)

    ❣️WISH YOU ALL A PRODUCTIVE WEEK❣️

    brianlogan.on@gmail.com

    +1 619-377-4353

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