posted on Apr, 16 2018 @ 04:10 AM
a reply to: Edumakated
The majority of homeless people in my country are not mentally instable nor drug addicts. Some of them are, but certainly not all of them. Some of
these people indeed say they want
to be in the streets, but let's face it: some don't have much left but their pride - for what that is worth -
so what else do you expect them to say?
Being homeless is certainly not a choice for most. Many homeless people were once working people, some even holding high positions. Even in my country
- a rich and egalitarian country - we have people that live on the streets, alas. These people have sad stories to tell: how they were very succesful
in life, had a wife, house, children, and a mortgage they could afford. How the company they worked for for many years went bust or they were seen as
too old and expensive and discarded (sometimes after 20-30 years of loyal service), they couldn't find a new job or had to take jobs that payed far
less. This spirals down then: the mortgage is too high for the new job (no, we can't just give the keys to the bank here), the bank does not want to
settle for less and after some time will sell their house, which will leave them without a home AND often with a remaining substantial debt. In many
case their partner can not cope with all that and leaves them.
Most of them are properly being caught by our social security net, but their debts will keep adding up, as the bank will demand getting its money to
pay of the remainder of the debt - which is often more than they earn. The only thing they can do then is to ask to be put under State supervisory for
many years, which will rid them of all debts, but will not allow for much more than just survival. Many can't cope with that, after all, what did they
to wrong? Nothing! Then it all spirals down and in the end we'll find a former top notch employee housed in a cardboard box.
I'm not saying the idea of housing people in some shed in the backyard is a good idea - I dont' think it is. I believe that in any sound society every
person should have a PROPER roof over its head, not just a shed (let alone a cardboard box). It is our common responsibility to make it so. Yes, you
will be slightly less fat, slightly less rich, but come on, what are you: an egoistic swine, or a human being?