Vagrancy has a deeper societal layer than one can simply write off such people as bums.
They too, were like you and me once - innocent naive kids, with hopes and dreams.
Somehow, along the way, realities of life cut in and destroyed those hopes and dreams. And became a nitemare spiralling a human down that lane whereby
he no longer ever love himself, or care about anything else, except for that which makes him happy - perhaps money, alcohol, drugs, etc.
Point is - realities. What were those realities that could hurt so deep and turn a child or an adult into such quagmire, where the only solution to
confront it is to delude themselves with money begged off streets instead of working for it, alchohol to burn away a pain deep inside, and drugs to
delude themselves into an alternate better reality they wish to live in than the present?
Yes, many can despise these vagrants. Charitably give them work and they tell you to F off or give excuses or tell you they do better doing something
else. Those are not the true reasons. The real reasons are deeper, and it is their state of mind.
Perhaps they had been like you and me once, seeking job stability and when faced with numerous retrenchments, they no longer have any faith in keeping
a job, or the confidence, and may be even tired of that word. This is no fault of the giver of work, but the fault lays in them.
As they are breathing, they too are like you and I, but unlike us, we had not given up hope, at least not yet, in our struggle to survive not only for
ourselves, but our loved ones as well. They had.
And it is not just work they need. They need serious counselling, to help them get their confidence and feet back on the ground. But in our greed
filled self centred society, we would rather despise than to offer meaningful assistance, more so with a gov that is hell bent or hell pressed to cut
funding for reaching out services.
Throw them a few pennies, or toss a task to them, and if they reject, then our heart is assuaged, and blame them for being choosy.
As you drive by, despise them not for they are human just like you and me, but ask yourself how you as a member of society had left them
edit on 9-4-2011 by SeekerofTruth101 because: (no reason given)