I have jumped ahead a couple entries here. (Will catch up on the rest of the last week soon)… At St. Mary’s Church in Athens, Tennessee, this morning we saw the remnants of a “Cardboard City” that was set up in solidarity with the homeless. We learned that for two nights youth here slept outside in order to increase their empathy for the homeless. Later on WYXI Radio in Athens, I told host Bob Ketchersid that I would hope this kind of empathy would translate to sacrifice. That is, as president (and as a presidential candidate) I’d ask people to cut back considerably on consumer purchases, on entertainment… and put the savings in a fund for the homeless. This, in part, would mean trying to turn a blind eye to modern advertising. We are so awash in “urgent” messages to get the the new this, or the improved that, or yet more of something we already have… that we’ve been brainwashed to believe many of these things are necessities, when in fact, they are in no way necessities. And in all this, we keep pampering ourselves — while little children and adults sleep, not in new sleeping bags on the soft grass at St. Mary’s, but under dirty blankets on the asphalt alley ways of Cleveland, Los Angeles, Atlanta… Note: Later in the morning, I told a reporter from the Daily Post Athenian that beyond money for the homeless, our family has set aside a bedroom as a “Christ Room” for the homeless in the inner city of Cleveland. We could end homelessness in this country, if we were serious about ending homelessness in this country. Sadly, most of us are way more concerned about ourselves. And our actions (consumer buying patterns) show this, in spades.