Homelessness is a problem, usually at the end of other problems like health care and education. Some people do choose to help in what way they can, a
few dollars, a cigarette, maybe even a room for a while.
I kicked my own dad out of my place at one stage. He did seam to like sleeping under gum trees, the rain sucks though. We eventually made up again and
he got his own place after bouncing around a bit. The share houses and motel type places did not work out for him. A small 1 bedroom place was good
and provided a long term stable, secure and private place of his own. It was government housing and took a while to get.
And then we have the attitudes of shame and disgust when seeing someone who has been sleeping rough and has not had a shower in quite some time. Lets
just move them away a bit so they do not offend my eyes. Or is the shame and disgust a projection of how one can have so much while another has so
little? The feeling of freedom when one does have so little is priceless.
It can also feel a bit threatening at times getting approached by vagrants, just how desperate are they? I have not had any serious problems, most
seam ok doing what they can. At times it pays to listen to your instincts and just keep going.
The whole balls up with the 2008 financial crash has exposed some flaws with how the whole housing market is run. There where enough houses for pretty
much everyone, but too much greed and short term advantage stuffed it up. Trump knows how to build stuff so getting the houses built is not the
problem, getting it all working in was that is affordable and fair for all concerned is the hard part.
I have heard stories of the homeless around the city here getting rounded up and bused of elsewhere, I do not know where. It would be nice to think
they go some where with a clean bed, shower, some healthy living and some time to dry out. If you don't like it you are free to leave, if you prefer
to just bomb your brains out there is another place just down the road a bit. You will be stuck with other junkies there so it has its own risks and
problems. I know there are a few communes around, have not spent any time in them.
What are you suppose to do with someone that has just given up on life? Give them a hand, a push, a bullet, some time, some hope, a cheeseburger? I
very much support self determination and people sorting their own mess out. As for other people throwing their mess on to me, it is a tough one. One
step at a time.
edit on 9-7-2019 by kwakakev because: spelling