of markets and Death (addressed to the employed and housed, particularly)
Blatant ironies of this society make the neutral person even seem evil. While some take great excess, and others live humbly, still some suffer and may even die this winter.
I feel very thankful that I won't likely die this winter. The weather out there is really cold, and snow and wet conjoined with this make it much more stressful and tiring to the body. One doesn't really even notice the whole of the natural cycle if one goes inside each night. I was raised in a city, in a house and didn't give it much thought until learning about nature that animals are outside all the time, so are many without houses, so were some indigenous peoples, except they could make their own structures anywhere. They didn't get asked to move along by cops, and they didn't have neighborhood watches shining flashlights hassling them and calling the cops. Overall the indigenous folks were more survival oriented and saw less of a divide between inside and outside. A house wasn't something you bought for 500000 dollars it was something you could build, yourself, with a family, or with friends anywhere. Yes, neighboring tribes attacked each other and there was toughness etc... like people always argue when someone brings up indigenous life; my point is they were ALLOWED to survive.
This society has LAWS PROHIBITING SURVIVAL to anyone without land, property, or money. How long can these laws remain on the books unquestioned by all the people who cared enough to vote but not enough to take someone into their own home to keep them from freezing to death?
Thanks to people like the Blackrose and such who give away clothing and blankets, thanks to the shelters that are open. Still, these things are far apart from each other for people who can only walk from place to place or bicycle even in this weather. If you get wet how long does it take to dry? Is any laundromat open anyway? Does everyone have enough change to dry their clothes, and new clothes to change into?
Disregarding laws prohibiting survival, if one can stay totally hidden and has a tent or tarp or both, and a warm sleeping bag, even with these useful pieces of equipment it is really cold.
My point is this: if you've never been houseless, its harder than you ever imagined. If you have been, maybe you know this, especially this season of this year. Now, the government loaned some people money to build stupid looking towers off of a sketch by some wish-they-were Piet Mondriaan, and these stupid towers are largely empty. So isn't time the government step in and force those towers to be opened to houseless people?
There are plenty of empty buildings, and there are plenty of people with buildings that have empty rooms (housies, we call these people). What is lacking is generosity and trust.
IF YOU HAVE SPACE IN YOUR HOUSE, THINK NOW, DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE RIGHT TO THE SAFETY OF A HOUSE THAN ANY HOUSELESS PERSON?
CAN YOU TRUST THEM AND INVITE A GUEST FOR WINTER?
EVEN IF YOU CAN'T TRUST THEM, MAYBE THEY DESERVE TO SURVIVE AND NEED YOUR HELP.
NO CIVILIZED CULTURE COULD PUT THE VALUE OF EMPTY SPACE ABOVE HUMAN LIFE.
NO CIVILIZED CULTURE WOULD JAIL SOMEBODY FOR TRYING TO SURVIVE!
Looking at the prices of rent, the fact of people asking for background checks, credit ratings, and the huge surplus of empty buildings, lots, and then the number of people living under bridges I am filled with disbelief, with anger, with sadness.
Plenty of people tell me "those people have made a decision...", "take out a student loan and pay it back with a highly skilled profession...", "society needs contributing members...", "homeless people are alcoholics or druggies..." and you know what? THAT'S ALL HORSESHIT! THE LEAST USEFUL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY ARE IN POLITICS OR BUSINESS EITHER ACTIVELY DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT OR STEALING AND EARNING WEALTH IN TOTAL AMBIVALENCE. SHAME ON THEM! The people under the bridges, the people pushing shopping carts (except for the cops and greedy consumers) did nothing to deserve this FUCK LIBERAL LIES ABOUT KARMA!
All people are where they are in part because of decisions they have made, and that doesn't mean that they deserve what they get, and I don't think very many people have chosen to freeze to death. SO FUCKIN' BOUJIES SHARE YOUR HOUSES. REALTORS ESPECIALLY. IF YOU OWN A BUSINESS CONSIDER LEAVING IT OPEN AND STAYING THERE ALL NIGHT. TAKE DONATIONS IF YOU MUST. Make hot cocoa and have skits or jams or tell stories whatever it takes why not try to have fun and help some people?
Hard work is a sorry excuse for watching other people suffer, and I'm tired of it and tired of people saying your knees aren't supposed to hurt when you're 26. If we all work together survival is easy; it's a simple fact of doing tasks for our LIVELIHOOD based on that. MONEY is a highly confusing factor. It causes many people to do a lot of stupid useless and destructive things. Then, those people who are working so hard (and some of them are) call others lazy for refusing work on principle or due to injury or having a felony on their record or not wanting to pay taxes or wanting to work only 10 hours a week instead of forty.
Think how many rooms could be heated with the power it takes to light up a damn christmas tree. Capitalism REALLY IS EXCESS. Why do we not take the good part of it, all the buildings are already here, and all the fucking fields and fields of corn and wheat and soybeans even though they are contaminated with pesticides. There is not a shortage of things to survive on. The shortage is generosity and compassion.
So there. LIBERALS, REPUBLICANS, folks of all BULLSHIT IDEOLOGY IT'S TIME TO DO SOME SHIT TOGETHER, UNDER THE RADAR, MAKE IT HAPPEN, LOCAL, FUNCTIONAL, SUSTAINABLE, WORKING, and WITHOUT THE GOVERNMENT.
AND IF I EVER HAVE MY OWN HOUSE YOU CAN ALL COME OVER AND I WON'T ASK YOU TO LOOK FOR WORK OR LISTEN TO SERMONS OR DO ANYTHING EXCEPT CONTRIBUTE SOMETHING TOWARDS SOMEBODY'S SURVIVAL AND JOY, AND SOMETHING TOWARDS YOUR OWN.
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