At least we’ll never be alone

Dave Killion — November 15, 2011


I recently heard ┬ásomeone say something to the effect that the poor will always be with us, which I don’t think is true, but I’ve heard variations on the sentiment many times in my life and remember it as a bible quote from my Catholic upbringing. I went to search for the verse, and I was surprised to find two versions. The one I remember best is Mark 14:7 –

“The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.”

The other verse is Deuteronomy 15:11 –

“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.”

While I was researching these verses, a nearby TV broadcast something about Occupy Wall Street. I was amused to think how annoyed the 99% would be to realize that while a day may come that there are no poor people in any meaningful sense of the word, the 1% will always be with us.

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