posted on Sep, 5 2012 @ 10:03 AM
With the introduction out of the way. Let's really get going here.
Why homelessness over seeking help from the "government"? This came down to several things.
1) First and foremost, I am a Libertarian. I believe in personal freedom and personal responsibility. It is not society's fault that my life got
screwed up. I do not have the right to steal from others to fix my mistakes. I need to address my own mistakes.
2) I am a Christian. The apostle Paul said "He who WILL NOT work, the same shall not eat." I could work. Jobs were scarce, true. However, I was
quite capable of working. I just had to get over the devastating blows of losing my marriage and my career in a span of a few weeks.
3) I hate shelters. Even if I could get in to one, I would have the loss of personal space, privacy, and self respect that would be part and parcel to
staying in such a place. I lived in very close quarters while in the navy. While I knew I could survive it, I would hate every single second of living
like that. Plus, shelters aren't free. They charge a nightly fee that isn't much cheaper than a cheap motel.
4) I just don't trust the government to have my best interest at heart. Mainly because governments don't have a heart. The have bureaucracies.
Knowing all of that, seeking "help" was just not an option. I believe that families, friends, and private organizations should help those who cannot
help themselves. I had only 2 real problems. I was severely depressed, and I had major cash issues; I didn't have any. My family was hundreds of
miles away. I could go back and live with them, but I moved out at 17. At 40+ it would be very difficult for me to live with my parents again. My
friends did what they could, but their spouses would only allow so much. My church was actually her church before we got together. I stopped going
there when we split. So it was really just up to me.