Went for a walk on the golden gate bridge today. I was a bit disturbed by the fact that so many people were wishing me merry Christmas in a somewhat concerned voice. In the middle of the bridge someplace I saw a guy wearing this jacket with an interesting message. A short distance away was this lady (both had wished me a merry Christmas). After walking 20 to 30 meters on, I went back to ask the guy if I could photograph his jacket as I liked its message.
He agreed and the lady Barbara also joined us, so there are the photos. Both of them as well as about a dozen other people wishing merry Christmas were all from a volunteer organization which works for prevention of suicide by jumping over the bridge. They told me that people feel especially lonely on holidays when they see others enjoying. They have already prevented more than 200 suicides this year. This is surely worth emulating.
A woman asked me if I had eaten that day I told her I was going to eat after my trip and then doze off. On my return walk she again asked me cheerfully if now I was going to go back and eat, I told her I had met the other volunteers and that I intended to have a nice meal.
Met several people on the bus and chatted with them (technology separates us, though through blogs it connects us too). Talked to a drunk guy who was transferring a crate of alcohol. Gave him my gloves, his hands were very dry. I somehow felt I was play-acting. Why should we do good only during the festive season? What I would like to see is that no one needs charity, if we all do a little bit of good that is not a far away dream. I have kept avoiding doing charity because I think that is an easy way out, does not solve the problem, but due to multiple reasons, brock that rule yesterday. I believe the best way of doing good is to impart skills and stand up for justice.
I did have a good meal near HI with a red liquid I shall not whine about. Went to sleep for a few hours and now I am back to blogging. Best wishes to all the good people.