The meaning of social inclusion
Driving home after finishing the day's work, I noticed someone familiar walking down the hill. There was nothing unusual about a middle aged man taking a stroll that glowing summer evening. But he was wearing an apron and holding a cup of coffee in his hand that was spilling over his clothes. Although there were people around, no one was paying him any attention. While driving past, I remembered seeing him before in a residential home for people with learning disabilities. I took the next turn, came back up the hill, and approached him after parking the car. Some passers by ignored him; some changed their way and went to the other side of the road. Some drivers slowed down and glanced in surprise, but resumed their course as if they had changed their mind. Although people realised that something was wrong, no one was willing to intervene.