A First Look

Los Angeles has always been a city powerful in influence and culture. The projects and ideas that originate in Los Angeles go on to change the world. Supposedly. Art and murals decorate downtown, giant sculptures remind you that art was made by Los Angelinos.

On the surface, the towering skyscrapers in Downtown LA portray a prestigious image of wealth and power. But sitting just below those skyscrapers are homeless people, sitting among tossed McDonald’s coffee cups and plastic bags.

In school we are taught to dream big and change the world. Become an executive, a successful world leader , a community member. Within my peer groups “I want to become a doctor and save lives, a lawyer to help the discriminated again” are common sentiments.

It’s easy to forget that need is right around the corner. Everyday we have chances to be gracious and thoughtful, to extend gratitude and generosity to those who seem undeserving by their words, actions or appearance.

At first look, it seems like this city is perfect. But when we dive a little deeper we discover the work that’s left to be done.