Once again -- I woke up and got coffee, then checked my email. I got two from a friend who has concerns about the state of the world -- yes, we are worried about it! I've always been more interested in the world having a balance and fairness than for my personal gain. I have a wonderful family of students who live in tiny apartment with toxic mold. The dad works, the mom looks after the baby and kids, the kids are talented and smart. What are they doing wrong? Nothing I can see. Then why can't they have a house? The kids could have more room, they could have a dog! I've been mulling this over for weeks. Last week they told me they might have a house. I brought up the dog. "Yes, we talked about getting a dog!" they said. If it happens, it's because the person renting the house believes it should be this way -- I know that other people with no children were there first. That would be less wear-and-tear on the house, sure -- but each person can make a decision -- great or tiny -- to do something that's right, not merely profitable. In this case, what seems to be safe (renting to a no-child couple), is actually not safe at all -- because we must be concerned with the good of everyone, and not just our own immediate good.
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