Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I Hate The Homeless

So, you are one of those people who hate the homeless.  You make no bones about it, you'll tell anyone who'll listen.   You're not afraid to offend anyone with your opinion of the homeless.   The homeless need to be made aware how much people hate them.   Then, maybe, the homeless will do the right thing and stop with being homeless.

Well, I am all for homeless people stopping their homelessness too.   But the fact of the matter is, ending one's homelessness, (or starting one's homelessness for that matter) is not as simple as flipping a switch, or just making a choice to not be homeless.   Leaving homelessness takes time, effort, resources, and opportunities.

The thing about the "I hate the homeless" crowd is that they often work out their angst towards the homeless by pushing politicians and others to end services to homeless people.   They think that these services make it "easier' to be homeless.   Well, on that point they are correct, receiving food, shelter, clothing, etc, does ease the burden of being homeless - pretty much in the same way that medicine and doctor's care makes it easier to have cancer.   The thing is, no one wants to have cancer.  And likewise, no one wants to be homeless.    Do you really think that if people took away the doctors and the medicine, then fewer people would get cancer?

Anyway.   As happens on an almost continual basis, some one, or some group, works to remove the resources that homeless people use - believing that if the resources were gone, the homeless would be gone too.   Well, it just doesn't work that way.   First the homeless show up, then the resources to help them show up.  Resources do not create homelessness.

Homeless people need as many resources as they can get their hands on, so to be able to leave homelessness.  Every time a resource is taken away from the homeless, not only does it make being homeless that much more difficult, it also makes getting out of homelessness more difficult too.

Seriously, if you hate homeless people, the best way to get "rid" of them is to give them all the resources, and all the opportunities they need, so to leave homelessness.  Trust me, as much as you hate homelessness, homeless people hate it even more.