Monday, April 21, 2008

Defining Causes Of Homelessness

Particularly, I guess I should answer those critics who think, because I can author a blog, etc, that I couldn't actually be homeless. And they accuse me of fraud.

Yes, I know that I don't have to - these "critics" are not really critical thinkers, but are only looking for an angle by which to cause grief. Still, their point should be countered, as their accusations affect not only me, but many homeless people.

There are two aspects of the human brain, and though they relate, they don't necessarily dominate each other. The best, and perhaps easiest example would be found in the recent movie, "A Beautiful Mind." Many of you have seen it, so you'll know what I'm talking about. And if you haven't, I highly recommend it.

The movie is the true story of a man who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his theories in Mathmatics, yet all the while the man suffered from full blown schizophrenia. He saw and talked to people who didn't really exist. He was a genius, with a mental illness.

You see, one aspect of this man's brain, the part with the illness, did not prevent him from being smart, and from functioning very highly in certain aspects. And his intelligence didn't stop him from having an illness either. Though, I am certain that his intelligence did allow him the ability to hide his illness to an extent. And allowed him the ability to prevent his illness from completely consuming his life.

And so it is for a lot of people, including homeless people. Just because I am homeless does not mean that I am retarded, or unable to think critically. And just because I can think and function intellectually does not mean that I can prevent myself from becoming homeless. What makes me homeless is separate from what makes me somewhat intelligent.

I occasionally wonder what my life would be life if I didn't have this issue that causes my homelessness. I would probably be running my own business, instead of sweeping out garages.

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing how uninformed some people can be. Years ago, when I was working as an occupational skills instructor at a homeless shelter, we had a temporary working in the office. Her boyfriend would walk her to her desk every morning and pick her up to escort her out of the building at the end of each day because her was afraid she was in danger. She once asked me why I wasn't afraid of being raped working there. I was stunned at the question. If anyone had ever so much as looked at me cross eyed, more than half of the residents of the shelter would have rushed to my side. Homelessness does not mean defective, it means with out housing. Hope you are in your housing soon.

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