July 2014 - Randy Halprin

Randy Halprin
 "We tend to see a person in the moment, not as the journey they travelled to get here."  Kat Lehmann

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July 29th, 2014

So, last friday I was listening to this show called "What Would you Do?" The premise of it is this: they hide cameras in various settings and then do different social experiments to guage how a particular person or people respond. They might have an actress go into a college bar and act like she's drunk, and then have another actor approach her and attempt to take advantage of her just to see if other patrons step in and prevent it. The episode I listened to on friday was particulary moving and honestly brought me to tears. I don't know why it touched me so much, but it did. It gave me hope and showed that there are just really good and genuine people in this world...The experiment was this: they had a guy who dressed up like a beat up and smelly homeless person. He stood outside a very nice deli (or that is what I assume it was - some sort of sandwhich shop) and a woman walked up to him, handed him $20 and told him to go inside and get something to eat. Another actor would act as  the waitress and belittle the 'homeless' guy and see if other people would come to the defense of the homeless guy. Some patrons would act repulsed by the dirty man, but a few did come to his defense and insisted on him being served. The one that moved me so much was an older man who told the homeless guy to sit down with him and have some  soup. The waiter then would come up and begin to chide him and the old man came to his defense. Then, after the homeless man left, the waiter continued to berate the guy and the old man just tore into him, telling him we all have our struggles and hard times. That he was no better than the homeless guy. There was so much (geeze, I'm getting choked up writing about it...) compassion in the old man's voice. I could hear in his own words the struggles and difficulties he's had in his own life and man, I was bawling like a  baby. It really moved me and it really made me focus again on my own life and path...Yes, it's still there...that empty void in my life that I don't know how to fill...

My past, my journey...it has all lead to the present and I can't live in the past or even in the future. I can only live in the here and now. The good, the bad, the ugly... And I think that if more of us saw the world through the old man's eyes it would be a much better place. I think we'd be less likely to judge and condemn one another. Knowing there are kind people in this world; people who would invite a dirty, stinky homeless person to sit down and enjoy a bowl of soup with him kind of gives me hope...It makes me say to myself, "Dude, there are always going to be shitty people, but there are good people too. I have no control over how people judge or feel...I can only control myself and not feed into it.  

Things have been relatively okay back here. It's been hotter than Hades but I think we're supposed to get a cool front soon. For the most part outside of the past week or so it hasn't been the typical blazing summer. We usually have a whole month or more of 100 plus degree weather.


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