We all start out this way. Full of empathy for our fellow humans. After all, it’s pretty hard to understand why some people have a warm, comfy bed to sleep in, and others are stuck out on the street. While it’s easy to blame all sorts of things for homelessness, drugs, laziness, mental illness, etc, the fact is, many people who are homeless get that way because they lost their job, or their house was destroyed by fire or flood and they didn’t have the proper insurance. Once you’re out on the streets, it can be difficult to get back what you’ve lost.
After a while, you become desensitized to the plight of others. There’s a lot of pain in the world, and in order to deal with it, most people shut it out or justify it somehow. Kids can’t do that. They haven’t learned how yet. So while it’s so sad to see Destinee McClung’s 3-year-old son Patrick cry like this, the good news is, he’s learning how to be proactive about how he feels, how to help others, and has already collected quite a bit for those in need.