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When you see a homeless person, or see someone as a lesser, don’t think: “Get a job!” Think “How did you get here?” If you heard their stories you would soon find that we are all victims of our own circumstances. That is to say, shat happens. You could be in those shoes if things went bad in your life. You could have gone from a wine drinker to an alchy. You could have gone from rich to begging. Imagine the personal sacrifices some of these people make. They sacrifice everything to get by, but they still end up homeless. This could be you.
Originally posted by TerryMcGuire
You see and understand this and I see and understand this. But what about those who don't. What about those who, though they have moved beyond the "get a job" attitude to the "how did you get here" question and then answer it with enough shallow answers to justify their original bias of superiority. I'm stumped.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
I have wondered the same thing after seeing dozens of homeless people every day for years - that could have been me.
Percentage-wise, most homeless people have addiction problems of either drugs or alcohol. Diseases that are treatable but where services are too costly to afford for most who fall in to the trap.
Then we have all the vets who can't seem to readjust to society, which is a failure of both the military and the VA.
Many of American families have become dysfunctional and fragmented.
Too many people have no family left to turn to.