In earlier years, I tended to live (like most), within a close circle of "like minded" family & acquaintances - that for the most part, mirrored one another's thinking i.e. shared common mysticism. I found comfort & reassurance in this. You know, the warm feeling you get, when others share & value your thoughts/opinions. Those that disagreed - were quickly discarded & shut-out; as being wrong or "missing the boat". We (us) would choose communities/neighborhoods/schools - that mirrored those particular values. Resultant of this, in many cities, urban sprawl, gated communities, etc evolved - and the "have(s)" verses the "have-nots" way of thinking, became the norm. Those "unattractive" neighborhoods, usually were left to "fend for themselves", as they were no longer a viable alternative for the "financially secure"; who could escape (& in essence, look the other way). A seedy society evolved in those centers. Unless you absolutely had to go there; one would tend to stay away. To me this was (and is) our TRAGEDY. We GAVE UP on HUMANITY! We gave up on OURSELVES! We can do much better! Let's remove "mysticism - and get involved in rebuilding & improving ALL communities & integrating those "souls" back into humanity. They will surprise you! They just need a little help; just like us "fortunate" ones have had. It could have been us - We could be they! And really we are - since we're ALL CONNECTED - thru our "Creator". We can do this! Good Luck!
"The trouble is, that rich people,
well-to-do people, very often,
don't really know who the poor are;
and that is why we can forgive them.
For knowledge, can only lead to LOVE;
and love to service.
And so, if they are not touched by them,
it's because they do not know them."
- Mother Teresa -