Understanding the Homeless, Did you know that throughout history there have been more homeless than folks with homes.
Minstrels, these guys played old McDonald and a "spoon full of sugar" for my boy.
Feudal. The concept of the rich lord owning the property and letting you live and work on it was around a lot longer than our modern notions have been.
In modern socialist countries the land was just transferred from the royalty to the government.
I say all the above to get you, the reader into the mindset necessary to grasp the notion of homelessness. It has been the norm more than property ownership forever. It is a concept that is international, interracial and interesting.
Here are some notable homeless people: Cochise, Actually the Dali Lama as he is in exile, Jesus, Buddha, Davy Crockett, Snowden, Michelangelo, Nomads, Old range Cowboys. Oh sure they at sometime had a home but they spent much time homeless and at best couch surfing. I understand Descartes was a kept man with no home of his own. Alexander the Great spent more of his life away from his home than in it, Audubon was the same. I do not believe Columbus had a home.
Some recently have suggested that adequate housing is a human right. If you think of that, it is absurd. We simply are not innately entitled to ownership of things. Human welfare and dignity is not tied to possessions or property rights.
What many do not get is that the homeless have a place, just not a home.
Do not disregard or disrespect that shopping cart and those bags. They are truly owned.
Certain cardboard box huts, donated tents, overhangs, bridges, overpasses, abandoned buildings are all homestead ready by the laws of the street. Squatters rights are real and you should respect them. Yes you have a mansion, but they have their space, we should respect that. Now ask the often used argument --- I have a gun to protect my home and family. Well should the homeless be denied such a right? Of course it is an absurdity but it highlights rights.Because you live in a house you have more rights than the guy who lives in the canyon. Because when it rains and freezes you are comfy, they should have less rights?
Home is where the heart is? This is our family home of around 60 years
Meal time. Eating out or staying in?
In every culture that I know of, there is a social factor in our meals, same for homeless.
It might sound strange to most of you, but here in the USA there is no shortage of food for people. For a well organized homeless person they will have their week schedule almost like a social schedule, well in fact it is.
Monday –County Soup Kitchen
Tuesday – Catholic Church
Wednesday – food bank
Thursday – Methodist church
Friday – fast food
Saturday --- out back at the big seafood restaurant
Sunday --- Open for what sounds good.
Each of these will have reasons. Sometimes the special dishes, sometimes, who else goes there. Sometimes location, and sometimes extras like, to go food. Often times just warm and safe and dry. Within these schedules there are individuals that one gets to know. It is like Cheers in a way. If you watch a charity hand out food bags, you can find the corresponding camp, where folks gather, swap and share food together. Life is ok for many of these folks. It is just different than you and me.
Have you ever met a straight up normal homeless person.
Do you think there must be something wrong with people if they are homeless
I slip this in because in fact Khris spent some time homeless. And it expresses thanks that even homeless have.
Panhandlers are cool. They are a blue collar of the society of homeless.
Some time find a busy street corner or what have you and discretely watch a “beggar” work.
Some of these folks work a ten hour day. Other spots are basically incorporated by several and the share the day and night and are organized. Some are outright actors and play a roll, like Veteran or Cowboy or Student or cripple. Some are evangelists and some entertain. Many get dirty for work and many get cleaned up. Some use signs and advertisement and some stay almost mime like with hand held out. Every body has a shtick.
I hear this "homestead" sold for 200 dollars
Allowing others to give is a gift they give.
I think we all feel just a little better when we give to others. I think it builds character in all of us. Next time say, “no sir, thank you”
Let me close with a few questions
Do you own your house or does it own you?
Have you ever slept out under the stars at night?
Do thing different is automatically bad?
Do you think showering every day is really environmentally sound?
How many trees did they whack down to build your house?
Producing power pollutes how much power does your house use?
Just some thoughts.