Monday, April 14, 2014

Advocacy Difficulty

Actually, it's the most difficult thing for people to do, not just homeless advocates.  When considering what's best for the homeless, people cannot help but attach their own world view to the process.   If it is a religious person, their answer to the question "what's best for homeless people?" will always reflect a religious answer. Or if a person is a big proponent of Capitalism, their answer to the question will reflect capitalistic ideals.   And, of course, there are as many different world views as their are people.

But none of these responses to the question offer a "what is best for homeless people" answer.

First and foremost, when considering what is best for the homeless, people MUST strip themselves of all preconceived notions, not just about homeless people, but about life in general.   Only after doing so will they be able to accurately see what will best answer that question.

The first step is to rid one's self of all sorts of prejudices and emotions they have attached to the subject of homelessness.  Then they have to step outside of themselves and acknowledge that what may work well for themselves may not work well for others.   Only then can a person see through to the actual needs of others, and to what would be best for them.

If only temporarily, let go of your religion, let go of your politics, let go of your own personal up bringing, let go of your personal world view and philosophy of life.   Then look upon the homeless for who they truly are, and what would actually work best at ending their homelessness.

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