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Step on a crack.

Posted on 2017.04.21 at 08:57
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Isn't it ironic?  We spend every available resource on looking for lost hikers and climbers, who are out in the middle of nowhere, by their own choice - but we step over the homeless, angry at them.  Maybe it's just that rural folks are more humanitarian.  Or they strongly believe in the old imperial spirit of adventure and conquest, hi ho.  Maybe homeless people remind urban people that they are pretty much stuck in a prison of the spirit.  Otherwise, many urban people have their heads full of all sorts of good intentions.  Someone should tell them: Being unreal is a big reason why people become homeless.  Like: Expecting decency in a town without pity.  If you're going to be unreal, at least be aware of chilling irony.*

* - I eschew the literal meaning of the word, "irony," which is based on contradictions occurring in a linear time.  Time is not linear, unless you want to be selfish about it.  In reality, time is spatial.  It is everywhere.  (And nowhere).  So, it is perfectly OK to say that contradictions between things in space, (rather than time), are ironic.  For another thing: It always takes the mind a wee bit of time to compare one thing to another.  So.  Irony is in the eye of the beholder.  Reality is in the eye of the observer.  Philosophy is the smile on a dog.  The key is in a pile of my laundry.

 

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skippingcessna
skippingcessna at 2017-04-21 17:00 (UTC) (Lien)

I've volunteered a couple times in the past few months with dis-advantaged/homeless women serving food, and I actually did recognize a few of them from my neighbourhood. (It was just a couple blocks away). Most were kind and grateful, some were rude and complained about everything. But there was a strange small group of older very well dressed women with iPads and phones and purses. The policy is nobody is turned away (obviously except when there are no more seats or food) but it sort of irked me that they were laughing and taking pictures and didn't seem to have a reason to eat there that was obvious. I asked the organizer and she said they come all the time and she knows there is a trend among some groups to take advantage of the free food programs. To me it seemed like they were actually taking food from other people's mouths and it made me angry.

People walk past homeless struggling people everyday. Some will accept help, others won't. I probably encounter at least ten indigent people a day in my travels and it's bizarre how many people won't even respond to a simple "hello" or "have a nice day" or even refuse to make eye contact with them as if they're not even human.

where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2017-04-21 18:05 (UTC) (Lien)
I'm glad that you care about this issue, and actually help out. Kudos to you!

Well, I don't know if those women were up to something. But since there is a trend of mooching, then maybe they are indeed taking advantage. You are right, to do that is really low, and pathetic. I don't know how anyone could respect themselves while doing that. I can't think of anywhere here where that would be a trend, so it must be a Toronto thing. Although I've never been there, I thought I liked Toronto(!) But - as I said - I really cannot judge those women from here.

When I was younger, I felt like everything and everyone should be free. People should get out of the money prison. So, I would have been fine grabbing a bite to eat at a pantry, but not in a world where they are needed so much by the poor.

Because of my illness, I do go to pantries, but never for lunch, (for fear of sugar, gluten, etc.). The girl who runs the main pantry has become a kind of friend of mine. I give back, to the pantry, and I also gave her a guitar for her kids. Trying to keep that spirit of freedom alive.

It is sad how the homeless are treated, but many of them are mentally ill. Sometimes, if you look the wrong one in the eye, they will start yelling at you, etc. But, there should be better facilities for their needs.

Public avoidance, and alienation of the homeless, is a vicious cycle that just makes things worse, all around. Their mental illness is society's mental illness.

Thanks for your comment. If you want to read more, please see my tag. Keep up the good work, and the walks.
skippingcessna
skippingcessna at 2017-04-21 19:09 (UTC) (Lien)

I agree, I don't know exactly why those women were there, and it's only an assumption that they don't actually need to be there, but the disparity between them and the profoundly indigent is obvious.

I try my best to always give a couple bucks or a coffee or something to people in need on the street, that could very well be us some day.

I think it comes down to how one is raised, charity wasn't a noble activity in our home, it was part of everyday life. Even as a child my mum took me to the local food bank to fill boxes and we were always doing fundraisers for this that and the other. It was only a couple years ago we found out that every November my dad quietly goes to wal-mart, spends a couple hundred dollars on hats and gloves and scarves and donates them to covenant house. He was sort of annoyed when we found out because in his mind it was just the right thing to do and he didn't need to advertise lol.

where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2017-04-21 19:37 (UTC) (Lien)
That's exactly right. Charity should be just a natural part of life. We are only here for a little while, so give back - and don't advertise it. (The point is them, not you, right?)

When I feed the ducks, I call it, "giving back to the gods."

You and your family are amazing.
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