the day before this i was at the food bank picking up food for the week, the lady in front of me in the queue was wearing a cover over her head, not a hijab but a towel, i'm pretty sure this wasn't religion i'm pretty sure this was shame.
Both of these incidents struck me with the same fundamental question; how can you be that uncomfortable with who you are and what you think. how can you be that ashamed of your ability to write that you feel the need to copy someone else. Surely at that point you're missrepresenting yourself and you need to take some time to learn how to write rather than passing yourself off as having sufficient abilities to take the class. The same applies to covering your face at the food bank. Surely everyone knows how hunger feels, surley nobody worth caring about would judge you for being there?
i think in both these cases it's not so much the individual who was to blame. its society or the perception of society that these individuals have, they feel that other people are judging them based not on who they are but on these false criteria; what classes you're taking. how you pay for your food. Honestly i don't feel any need to hide that I'm really not very well off, i didn't get ANY wages for a year and i don't have the kind of savings to bail me out of that so yes, i often find myself at the food bank. it's better than being hungry.
Furthermore i think it's important for those of us who have the chance to influence others to show that it's not important what you have but who you are. Just the same as with the diabetes, if I hide my diabetes and i'm ashamed of it then i make it a weakness, if i feel weak and insecure about it it becomes something which others see as a weakness. If i take ownership of it, i can make it a strength.
So just a short blog post today but next time you find yourself judging someone, take some time to find out who they are not what they have. Believe me i know many more good, intelligent people without money or degrees than those who are both the former and have both the latter, in fact the very few people I've come across in my life whom i really think are bad people (as opposed to people doing bad things) generally have money AND education in buckets.