posted on Dec, 19 2015 @ 08:18 PM
The "Homeless" have been defined upwards in our consciousness. It used to be the rank and file citizen called the "homeless" tramps, bums, and hobos
with not a thought about the terms. If you used the term "homeless" in 18th century London, for example, people would just be perplexed. They wouldn't
quite get where you were coming from. When I was homeless myself in the early seventies, I didn't even know it. I just thought I was between jobs and
no longer had an apartment. In that sense, being "homeless" is a state of mind. It took me about three years to get out of that "space" and into
respectable housing, but I just thought that was life and I was working through it. Looking back from today's perspective I think, "Wow, that was
actually pretty bad." but I didn't actually think so at the time--so it wasn't.
It's the same thing with PTSD. During WW II and the Korean War a very few of our soldiers suffered from what we then called "Shell shock." They really
were debilitated and couldn't live normal lives. Today any soldier who hears a loud bang or undergoes combat is said to have PTSD and we're all
supposed to think how traumatic it is, poor folks. (And before any veteran jumps in here and starts yelling how true it all is, just stifle. I'm a
veteran myself, so don't go telling me how it really is because I've been there. I just don't complain about it.) But the fact is combat ain't pretty
and a whole lot of college-age guys went through it. Today the same age needs a "safe space" in case anyone says a bad word. And, oh, btw, they need
free tuition, too. Ever heard of the GI Bill? That's where you EARN your tuition by service to your country, and compared to how it was when I got it,
it's pretty damn good these days.
And for the record, I don't think we should ignore the homeless. I think we should open up a bunkhouse with showers and toilets and heat and get them
out of the elements. But I don't think we should be expected to provide folks large screen TV's.