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Best post in the thread.
originally posted by: Blaine91555
originally posted by: toysforadults
a reply to: NthOther
seriously. we should put stupid people in slavery so we can work less
I'll let you decide who's stupid and who's not
You know, I once thought that way decades ago until life taught me a lesson the hard way.
Due to a messy divorce with my alcoholic ex wife and me paying off all the bills, being between industrial construction or oil rig jobs (which paid very, very well) and me leaving all my money behind and walking out the door, I became homeless for a time. I had even sold my car to pay bills my ex ran up. I had no place to go (parents deceased) and have supported myself since age 16, including working my way through college working full time.
I was in a large west coast city at the time. I walked all night long the first night I was so troubled at the time. Then an acquaintance who knew the situation told me where I could get help to get on my feet. I went and talked to a man who become like a second family to me. I had help while I found a job and help getting housing. In exchange I helped out the charity by donating labor. I ended up learning a new profession and worked for them for a while.
While there I got to know over a fifty people off the street and about how they got to be homeless and learned how wrong I was. In most cases it was people had fallen on hard times do to no fault of their own. Most people just go home to their parents or move in with a sibling and are not looked down on. Most of these people had nowhere to go. They were the same people, but the ones who could live off family are not looked down on even though they are in the same position for the same reasons.
Imagine trying to find a job with no address, no phone, no car and no way to do laundry or even get a haircut for an interview.
That's when I woke up to the reality many homeless are good people who deserve help, but are scorned by people out pure bigotry.
If anyone thinks they are all addicts or drunks, think again as that has never been true. It's a lie people tell themselves to ease their own consciences for not helping. They see the drunk on the corner and assume all the homeless are the same which is sad and the product of bigotry.
Even here in Anchorage, AK we have families living in their cars and they have jobs, but can't qualify for, or afford the very high rent here. Some, both parents have jobs and yet they end up homeless.
originally posted by: NthOther
The problem lies with the individual. Save your money, don't buy stupid s# you don't need, keep your nose clean, and you will never be homeless.
originally posted by: dreamingawake
The bad side of the tech boom.
A 16% rise in homeless in the last two years.
You don't see that problem to that magnitude in other states.