reply to post by whaaa
I have never been homeless but I have worked with the homeless (Soup Kitchen).
Maybe I fear being homeless so much because I was orphaned at the age of 10.
Went to live with my sister & her husband (she was a half sister and 13 years older than me).
Three days after my mother was buried, he (brother in law) sat me down and said, "Listen cookie, nobody gets a free ride in this world. You will do
exactly what we tell you to do or find yourself in a orphanage. You will do the housework, take care of the babies and help with the running of the
At 10 I found out, nobody gets a "free ride". I have worked hard ever since in order to have a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in.
Most people have no idea that all of us live on the edge. but for a simple act of "fate" any of us could be homeless.
Most people think, "If I work hard I will keep my job and my home, it's only "the lazy ones that are homeless".
This is a false sense of confidence. I know better. Many of our homeless are good people who have had bad things happen to them and many of the
arrogant jerks who say "it's their own fault" have no comprehension that if fate had dealt them the same hand as many of the "homeless" they too
would be in the same boat.
Any of us (except the ruling elite class) could find ourselves all of a sudden, out of work, foreclosed, and out on the street.
Most people like to think that if they plan their life, obey the rules and are good little workers they will survive.
This is bs.
One divorce, one big medical bill, one happenstance and it could happen to any of us.
Most people think anyone that has a drinking or drug "problem" is of low charactor. No, they are a sensitive and hurting individual that needs help
and understanding. Drinking or doing drugs is a sign of "self-medication", trying to numb the hurt.
The human animal is not as empathetic as he/she would like to believe they are.
There is enough of everything to go around but we choose to condon some of us having most of it, most of us working till we drop for a tiny piece of
it and many now being screwed out of getting any of it (It being a piece of the pie).
I fear being homeless.
I fear it so much that I withstood 15 years of being physiologically and verbally abused for 8-10 hours every day by a tyrant of a boss with a
I fear being homeless so much that I worked at a mind numbing job crunching numbers for large corporations, obeyed all the rules, walked a line so
straight the highway department would be envious and now find after 15 years of service, my company the largest multi-line property/casualty
third-party administrator (TPA), is methodically and quietly outsourcing it's jobs to "Team India".
Yes folks, it could and may happen to many of us.
Our society teaches us from a young age to "consume", "obey", "money is your god", "sleep" (sound familiar). We're hooked into the system by
our desire of "things".
Everyone thinks "this won't / can't happen to me" and quietly goes along and keeps either overlooking the screwing done to others or is the actual
person screwing over everyone else unaware that eventually someone or some organization that has no compunctions to screw over someone/anyone will
eventually screw over you if the opportunity arises.
No, I'm not homeless yet. As I tell my dog, everyone deserves a hook to hang their hat on.
Nobody should be homeless and yes my fellow ATSers, we are all our brothers keepers.
Most people have no idea but for a "change of luck" they too could be out on the street.
To the original poster - I am sending good thoughts your way and wish you prosperity, good luck and peace.
My heart goes out to you because you have had a hard time and most people don't realize how close to the "edge" we are all hanging.
[edit on 27-7-2009 by ofhumandescent]