I was homeless for a while. I could have went on for a long while that way.
When I came back, I didn't plan on staying. But I did somehow.
It's hard to explain.
Before I left, I felt I needed XYZ.
When I was coming back, I didn't want XYZ anymore.
A lot of the things we think we can't live without we can in fact live without.
But somehow I got stuck here.
I don't think people are wrong for living the way they do. Rich or poor. Smart or dumb. People are people. I could sit here and make an argument that
this guy is inspired. I could also make an argument that he's a lost and confused man. It all depends on the person that's making the argument.
Everybody puts a spin the facts and cherry picks. We're imperfect beings.
The average life expectancy for a homeless man is about 49, btw. There's large amounts of bread and junk food that gets donated to places. That can
kill you fast. And quite a few of them do use alcohol to dull the pain. They have various ways of dulling the pain they're feeling inside.
If you're still healthy, the freedom is like no other feeling you've had before. It's like entering a world you never thought existed. For a moment
you feel like an invisible alien in this world.
Maybe exaggerate the dangers and fears. There's no doubt that bad things can happen, though. But people live very secure lives and do not understand
what life is like outside of that.
In some ways, our society is too private. I think it'd be nice to see "settlement" communities that put everyone who lives there to work making the
place self sufficient. It would have the bare minimum of resources needed to ensure that most anybody could live there and find work. Each new person
coming into the community would have to have a new unit built for them and food and water and all of the other basics. All of the costs would be
accounted for and this person would have to make up for it through their work they do. Since it's a settlement area, people would quickly become like
family. YOu'd learn how everything works and the ins and outs. Nobody would be kept out of the loop. Things would be kept simple to not exclude
These communities cannot replace society. But I think they could fill a small need for something like this. Just like the peace corpse or the military
or some shelters or so on. Or the Amish.
You could go and stay there for a month or a year or however long it feels right for you. But I'm sure there'd be a deposit if you don't stay long
enough to make up for the initial consumption.
edit on 18-1-2012 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)