Showing posts with label population. Show all posts
Showing posts with label population. Show all posts

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ethnic Differences In Homeless Population

On another post I was asked:

     the homeless I see are white, black, & hispanic. I never see homeless people who are of indian descent, middle-eastern, or asian. Surely they must exist; why are there so few of them?

My Answer: 
    Homeless people of every ethic background do exist, but it is obvious that they are not equally represented in homelessness as they are outside of it. I assume this is because of differences in the cultures of the different races. Cultures that are closer knit and more family oriented seem to suffer less homelessness. This would be a good subject for a social science study.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Real U.S.A.

The states on this map are changed according to the size of their respective populations. And thus shows a truer account of Obama's win.

Election Maps

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Measuring the Increase In The Homeless Population

Coping with life is a skill that is learned. Certainly some people have a more natural gift for learning coping skills. Still without those skills our lives run amok.

What all is involved in learning life's coping skills? Just about everything, in one way or another, but our experiences and the conditions in which those experiences happen play a major role.

Parents have the first and most important influence on coping skill development. Children mimic as a way of learning. How parents respond to the world is how children attempt to respond, as well. Direct instruction of children is also important, but children also watch what their parents and others do. And to a child, what a person does is even more influential than what a person says, especially in terms of coping with the world. Extended family, teachers, neighbors - they all have an impact on the skills a child learns.

As adults, the influences of other people effects our abilities to cope. Being treated with love an respect builds person's coping skills, while a lake thereof diminishes a person's coping skills. Treat a person badly enough and they will develop mental health issues. And a lack of a healthy mental state negatively effects a person's ability to cope with the world.

Then there are more global issues, like the economy, wars, drought and famine, etc.

Of course there are many other factors involved affecting a person's ability to cope with life, but you get the picture.

Now, if we were to survey all people and assign their ability to cope with the world a place on a graph, on the horizontal line, we would find something similar to a bell curve - with the majority of people having average abilities to cope with life. On the far extremes of the line, we would find fewer people with either tremendous lack, or tremendous wealth, of these skills.

But more importantly is the vertical line on this scale that moves to the left or right, depending on the stress levels of living. The more stressful life becomes, the farther to the right the vertical line moves. And as has been chronicled time and again, life is becoming increasingly more stressful. So the vertical line is on a slow and steady march to the right.

This vertical line divides the people on the horizontal stress level bell curved line into two distinct groups. To the left of the line are all the people whose coping skills are unable to match life's stress, and thus become homeless, and on the right are all the people whose coping skills allow them to maintain a home.

As that vertical line continues to move to the right, our homeless population grows. And yes, regardless of what some people may say, even the government, the truth is, the homeless population in this country continues to grow.

Now, there are two ways to attempt to reduce homelessness. You can either give people more coping skills, so that their position on the graph moves farther to the right. Or, society can take deliberate steps to lessen the stresses of live, and thus move the vertical line farther to the left - meaning that more people will be able cope with it.

I do believe that there is a saturation point whereby a person has more than enough skills naturally necessary to survival and yet the stresses of life are even too much for him/her. And I think we are getting to that point very quickly. I say this because I see that people are having to make even greater sacrifices to cope with the stresses of life - mainly family sacrifices. And as families suffer, the chances for people in these families to develop proper coping skills becomes greatly diminished.

We would be much better off, and it would also be much more plausible, to concentrate our efforts on moving the vertical line back to the left. Once that line moves too far to the right, we will all be in trouble.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Matthew 7:9

"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

Everything I hear, from the people in the trenches, the homeless service providers that is, says that demand is up - a lot. That is the best indicator that the homeless population is increasing - a lot.

It is time to stop playing games with the lives of homeless people - political games, religious games, selfish games - or any combination thereof.

Since we have an expectation for political and religious organizations to handle issues of homelessness, and since politicians and religious persons are most likely to make promises of handling homeless issues, it is time for us to pay attention to what these people do for, and to, homeless people. And we need to hold them much more accountable than we currently do.

The wise saying quoted above questions the appropriateness of one's response to those in need. If someone needs water, why give them fire? If someone needs a doctor, why give them a Bible? If someone needs love, why tell them to pray to God? If someone needs food, why give them something they cannot eat?

If someone asks for religious instruction, then by all means give religious instruction. But of all the needs among the homeless, that is the least needed thing.

And for all you people motivated to 'lead homeless people to Christ' I tell you the truth - you are more likely to show the love and healing power of God by providing the practical things of life to the homeless, than by preaching at them. There is no magic in the words within the Bible. The Bible is only an instruction book designed to bring the magic out of you. And only when you get your head out of the Bible and apply what it teaches you, to real world, will you become of any worth, to God or the homeless.