Do YOU know this man?

20 years ago, in 1992, a song was released about how we view our homeless brothers and sisters by a rap group and it got a good bit of buzz at the time. Respectively, the song, Mr. Wendal by the group Arrested Development, rose to the top of Billboard lists in the US and the UK.  It’s a fun, powerful and serious song.  20 years later, with all the hard work that we do, we can still play this song as if it just came out today and see the issue of homelessness and how we treat them still a pervasive problem in human culture. Do YOU know Mr. Wendal?

This blog is not to spark debate about the social conditions that create homelessness nor to evoke discussions about our personal perception of whether or not it is solely up to one’s own self to change their destiny in some kind of underdeveloped Ayn Randian Objectivism philosophy of personal triumph (even though I think ANYTHING can be manifested from will and action.) I digress… No! This blog is about one thing, to look at your neighbor for a moment, without judgement towards them or society, and to be kind to them.  To be kind to the person next to you.  To be kind to the homeless human that you see.  To be Genuine.

We cannot completely surmise all human circumstances.

This blog is about enlightenment and kindness.

Watch the video below.  I do not own the rights to the photos or the video and of course I do not own the rights to the song.  I’ve also posted the lyrics below for your reading.

Thanks all! Pay It forward! Bring the Human Connection to life all around you!

Mind what you think about the man next to you! That’s what Sean Knows!

If you liked this blog, found it informative, funny, interesting or just enjoyed it in any way and want to thank me, feel free to buy me a cup of coffee, a spirit of your choice or leave a tip just like you would at a restaurant. If you found this useful, let me know. 😉 Thank you! Any donation from this blog entry will be donated to charity! PIF

Song: Mr. Wendal by Arrested Development
Go ahead, man

Here, have a dollar
In fact, no, brotherman, here have two
Two dollars means a snack for me
But it means a big deal to you

Be strong, serve God only
Know that if you do beautiful heaven awaits
That’s the poem I wrote for the first time
I saw a man with no clothes, no money, no plate

Mr. Wendel, that’s his name
No one ever knew his name cuz he’s a no one
Never thought twice about spending on an old bum
Until I had the chance to really get to know one

Now that I know ’em to give him money isn’t charity
He gives me some knowledge, I buy him some shoes
And to think blacks spend all their money on big colleges
Still most of you all come out confused

Go ahead Mr. Wendel
Go ahead Mr. Wendel

Mr. Wendel has freedom
A free that you and I think is dumb
Free to be without the worries of a quick-to-diss society
For Mr. Wendel’s a bum

His only worries are sickness and an occasional harassment
By the police and their chase
“Uncivilized” we call him but I just saw him
Eat off the food we waste

Civilization, are we really civilized?
Yes or no, who are we to judge?
When thousands of innocent men
Could be brutally enslaved and killed over a racist grudge

Mr. Wendel has tried to warn us about our ways
But we don’t hear him talk
Is it his fault when we’ve gone too far and we got too far
Cuz on him we walk

Mr. Wendel – a man, a human in flesh, but not by law
I feed you dignity to stand with pride
Realize that all in all you stand tall
Go ahead, Mr. Wendel

Mr. Wendel, yeah
Yeah, Mr. Wendel
Mr. Wendel, yeah
Lord

Mr. Wendel

Mr. Wendel
Mr. Wendel, yeah
Lord
Mr. Wendel
Mr. Wendel, yeah
Lord
Mr. Wendel

Mind what you think about the man next to you! That’s what Sean Knows!

If you liked this blog, found it informative, funny, interesting or just enjoyed it in any way and want to thank me, feel free to buy me a cup of coffee, a spirit of your choice or leave a tip just like you would at a restaurant. If you found this useful, let me know. 😉 Thank you! Any donation from this blog entry will be donated to charity! PIF

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One thought on “Do YOU know this man?

  1. What a great post! If people though more like this, then we would be living in a more balanced world:)) Again, great post and I look forward to reading more from you:)

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