posted on Mar, 7 2013 @ 07:24 AM
i think there are many reasons the "homeless don't retreat to the bush" to live.
i think the number one might be that there is no money to be easily made there. contrary to what you might think, quite a lot of the
"homeless" actually make a pretty good income. i had the pleasure of knowing one homeless person rather well. he lived in a tent like structure made
of plastic hidden behind some bushes by a bridge. a friend used him and a couple others occasionally as extra labor for jobs he would take on. one day
we had a job that was going to take several hours to complete and my friend asked him to help out. HE REFUSED, it wasn't the work that was the issue,
it was the fact that it was going to be TOO TIME CONSUMING and that he wouldn't make enough money that day if he did. the weird thing is that my
friend actually paid rather well, $100 FOR THE DAY, wasn't even 8 hours, and would have been even shorter with his help. this was more than i would
make at my full time job even for 8 hours of work. but for this "homeless" person it would have actually been a DRASTIC cut in his pay. you see he
had a $300/day CRACK HABIT he needed to pay for. his everyday "work" was opening doors for people, at a few different locations depending on the
time and day, as well as standard pan handling. no chance of making that type of money in the bush.
along with the money issue like a few have said is drugs and alcohol are not near as available in the bush. and a fair chunk of the "homeless" are
addicted to one or both of these things. just like the few i got to know, and a fair majority of the ones i would see in the city. in fact most money
they "make"goes to supplying their habits. that is their number one issue before anything else. whether they are alcoholics, crack users whatever,
their addiction is the ONE thing they care about. everything else comes in a pale second place.
for those who are not working to get a fix, normally those who have suffered more recent problems. like the old gentalman who lived on a park bench by
where i lived, for several moths till he was beaten to death. a man who would clean himself up and dress in a suit. just wouldn't have the skills
needed to survive in the wild. for most people in western society especially around cities, food for example comes from stores. they would have no
clue how to do things like hunt, and how to clean a kill. or know what plants might be poison or good to eat. how to build a shelter and keep it
heated or any type of wilderness skill. most "homeless" if they were to decide to try the bush would likely die of things like getting lost,
starvation/food poisoning, being out in the elements etc.
wilderness survival has completely different skills needed than to survive in the city. where most people can adapt to living on the street, as it is
just a few changes that you need to make from someone who lives, works and was brought up in "civilization". learning to live in the wild takes
training which most people have none of. as well as a MUCH steeper learning curve where small mistakes/accidents have much greater power to kill.and
there is no hospital, clinic or any help almost readily available when you make those mistakes.