A loss of faith in humanity

I worked graveyard again last night. At about three this morning, a girl (not quite 20 years old) came into the store, having been driven by her sister. She was in labor (in labor!!!) and she felt it necessary to make a stop on the way to buy herself a pack of smokes. On her welfare card. I have been seriously depressed about it ever since.


About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

7 responses to “A loss of faith in humanity

  • robinaltman

    This is really really important Robin advice. I only share it with a select few. And everyone who reads your blog.

    Expect this sort of stupid shit from everyone. Then, if people act halfway normal, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  • R.J. Keller

    I like your Robin advice. I am taking steps to add a thicker layer of Cynicism to my summer wardrobe. It’s quite slimming and goes with everything.

  • Joe Glasgow

    I agree with Robin. Mind if I give my thoughts?

    Despite your feelings about this young woman, you can’t save someone from themselves. Many people care more about their pleasures than life (theirs and others).

    So try your best to not to feel depressed when someone does something you know – and they know – is wrong. If you care too much, it can destroy you.

  • Jen O

    Holy bejesus.

  • Lori

    It’s so true what Joe said. You cannot save everyone and maybe not everyone is supposed to be saved, you know? All you can do is wish her well. And maybe that’s enough. I believe that it all has meaning and maybe she had a lesson that she must learn from this mistake.

  • R.J. Keller

    I believe that it all has meaning and maybe she had a lesson that she must learn from this mistake.

    I try to think that way. Maybe I’ll try harder.

  • Jana

    I too find myself aghast with the choices and ignorance dowsed decisions made by the people that I come across. I care and I choose to continue to care in the following fashion: I listen, I let myself feel, and if appropriate, I leave them with choices – and possible consequences. The ball is ever in the court of the “observer”. I leave them in the hands of their “Higher Power” and try to think of some totally unrealistic circumstance that may just save their A$$. I love a good little twist of fate, and the moment the person finally has that much needed A-HA moment. I even revel in my own moments like that. Sometimes we just need that swift kick in the right direction.

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