If you come across a person in need, once.. it is easy to feel pity or compassion or whatever and lend a hand if your able, at least for most I would hope. When you keep seeing the same people turning to begging as their sole method of making an income, without trying to give anything back in the least.. well that kinda sucks.
Obviously drug use, alchol abuse and mental illness are contributing factors to homelessness, but how much of that was learned from parents, caused by enviroment, and used as a way to escape their already pitiful lives? Once a persons quality of life goes down past the point of what most would be expected to deal with, I can understand why they would choose drugs to escape. That does not even consider those who just get hooked while trying out something new or diffrent. Myself I enjoy watching movies and using the computer to escape, but thats a personal choice and in some small way connects me to others. That is not to say that all homeless are drug addicts or crazy people, but it does not take a lot to get tossed out on the street sometimes and once there its almost never uphill afterwords.
I don't give heroin addicts dirty looks.. I am more likely to just kinda look at them with facination and curiosity.. kinda cat like in that reguard, perhaps not to my own benifit. *chuckle* People are people and we all have our problems and hobbies :P Let them without sin cast the first stone.
I have a "friend" who has had perhaps 3 or 4 kids .. most likey to poor to afford birth control, or perhaps too "mentally" abused to enforce using it, I am not sure which.. perhaps even just not "aware" how important it is.. however in her defense she has asked multiple times to be put on birth control implants or "snipped" so as not to get prego and been refused due to her "young" age. I blame the system, not the human who only wants to have some "pleasure" in their otherwise miserable life and who might not make the best choices as to who or when. So in that case at least, I blame the system for failing the person, not the person for failing the system. They asked and were refused what obviously should be done.. much like the cat over population, some people should be "fixed" as well. And that does not even bring into consideration the fact they most likey could do with a bit of extensive therapy as well.
Personally I think God has provided us all with free will and it is up to each and every one of us to make the choices and decisions that we will later be held accountable for. Wether thats helping someone homeless or spitting on them or running in fear .. whatever the reaction, the people we interact with and ourselves before and after we pass on are the ones that have to deal with it. My hope is that everyone remembers that familiar statement, "Oh but for the grace of God, there go I". It is so easy for the average person to slip through the cracks and end up on the streets. If we do not help the people we meet in life, how can we ever hope that others will help us if we need it, not to mention its better to give then it is to receive and what goes around comes around...besides.. its just right to help people... AND animals anytime they need it.
Oh well.. enough rambling.. but I leave you with this thought.. if everyone helped two people who helped two people who helped two people.. etc.. wouldn't the world be a heck of a lot better?
Thanks Mom of Franz, very nice post.
Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
It's not the fact that people don't want to give to those on the street. I understand that because there is an element of danger. What gets my goat is the attitude many people on this thread have and the misconceptions they harbor concerning the homeless, the poverty stricken, the substance abuser and the mentally ill. All of these ills are a pretty good profile for the homeless in America. ....
.... I wonder how many members here, would have given her a dirty look if they had met her on the street, I believe many, the same people who are now so full of "Christian goodwill." Rather two-faced don't you think?
Believe me, I get angry with some of my clients, the ones who are abusing the system and have baby after baby despite the huge amount of birth control methods available. However, these are not the majority of the homeless population I serve, most fit into the above named categories.
Take in and feed homeless cats, but spit on a homeless man or woman, that seems to be how a lot of people think around here. I am not a religous person, I consider myself an agnostic. But if there is a God, I wonder how he feels about man abandoning his most gifted creation?
Thank you to those who give in anyway they can. Call me preachy, condesending, a bleeding heart liberal, anything you want, but I know the facts, I live it.