The poor, the unskilled, the uneducated, the disenfranchised members of our community have fallen through the cracks in our social system. And although not criminal, they do not have adequate food or shelter so they sleep in streets, parks, alleyways, shelters and eat from dumpsters or community kitchens. And their numbers are growing, not just in the United States, but globally. It’s a disturbing sign.
Primary solution: switch from scarcity to abundance. There is enough food and shelter for all. This is an abundant and infinitely vast universe. Everything that we have comes from this earth – and returns to it. I got a castle – you got a castle. “In my father’s castle there are many mansions.”
Adapted from the Book of Matthew
“When we feel ourselves to be the sole heirs of the universe, when the sea flows in our veins, when the stars are our jewels, when all things are perceived as infinite and holy, what motive can we have for covetousness or self assertion, for the pursuit of power or the drearier forms of pleasure…”
Aldous Huxley, Doors of Perception
Temporary city solution: School shelters.
Schools are primarily used during the day – allow the homeless to have shelter during the night.
Temporary national solution: Homeless Farms.
Return these people to the earth for farming – in a warm climate – fishing, camping, boating – learning life management skills and creative expression. It is more productive to allow them the space to create and learn than to lock them up in a confined space and take on all the responsibilities for their maintenance and care.
The greater an individuals’ sense of personal freedom and expression, the more they are empowered to care for themselves and each other. Let them grow their food cook their meals. Return to the simple life, outside the cities.
All food and sustenance comes from the earth that’s the direct connection. Eventually some of it gets into stores. The exchange rate is not as clear as the direct connection.
In a deeper philosophical sense we are all homeless separate from each other by our walls of prejudice, perceptions and beliefs. We are all part of the human family. Each of us is born from the union of two. We are individuals as well as part of a larger collective, longing for a united, peaceful home.
We have isolated our elders into nursing homes, separated our very young into pre-school and child care centers. We divide ourselves into smaller and smaller spaces and dwellings.
Young and old need to be together. Humans are social creatures and for the most part need community to thrive.