Homelessness is not always about drug abuse, addictions or alcoholism . Sometimes, homelessness can be about being forced to live like a gypsy—poor and destitute—because of someone’s influence, crazy political agendas, or by the abuse of someone's power and authority. It can also happen by law , and, sometimes, homelessness happens because we become negligent with our money or as a result of our bad lifestyles. But there’s much more to the homelessness scenario than meets the mind’s eye.
HOMELESSNESS BY LAW
Did you know that some criminal convictions preclude certain people from eligibility for state and federal supplemental housing programs—regardless of disability or age ? Well, it’s true. So, finding housing can be much more daunting for some. Lawmakers do this shit! Homelessness is especially egregious when urban areas are being forced to gentrify because of local economics and the associated politics or criminalistics—whichever perspective you view..
HOMELESSNESS AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Numerous people with a lot of potential end up unemployable and eventually become homeless—or in jail or prison for a serious crime due to their past rather than current behaviors. These people are usually the people who eventually feel that there’s nothing to lose—because of the roadblocks placed before them—over things they cannot change. So why should they want to contribute? Hopelessness goes hand in hand with homelessness rather quickly under prejuduced circumstances. Some former felons cannot even go to senior centers, live in retirement homes or get critical care in nursing homes because they have a criminal record . It’s black and white. It’s law!
POLITICS AND IGNORENCE
It all amounts to an unconscionable prejudice with its discrimination premised upon ignorance and hatred—but borders solely on paranoid ideation or fear of the unknown . Those conditions are often the most frequently exploited states-of-mind used by our politicians to gain notoriety from a misinformed public.
The consequences of discriminative housing laws often spell disaster for those affected by them and that certainly increases public safety threats. Most of these laws are justified purely by someone’s voodoo science / statistics to promote the law’s enactment, but typically, these laws are hateful in “effect” and are detrimental to our communities. Can hate and its prejudice ever provide a moral or ethical solution ? Should our laws be premised upon hate? I don’t think so.
RUMORS, HATE AND IGNORENCE
Homelessness can also be a result of falsehoods manufactured by the local rumor mill and become further distorted by personal perspectives / imagination. The rumor mill is a life-form unto itself. It projects a spirit that is ruthless, unforgiving and is contemptuous of life, love and right of conscience. Hate is a destroyer of the will for human compassion! Hate has no mercy.
But sometimes, homelessness also happens because we allow ourselves to become manipulated by our social and cultural differences, or by whatever social minutiae is dominating our mainstream media—because it’s all designed to manipulate our hearts and minds for profit. And, while hate continues to target the poor, or the victims of the rumor mill, climbing the stairs to a good life leads to a drunken fall. This all happens when we as a people become so blinded by manipulative social initiatives that we fail to comprehend the possible ramifications. And, the same hypocrisy that exists in our media that proves nothing about an individual’s intent spreads the “hate virus” even further to everyone touched by it.
Along with the petty personal attacks brought on by the malcontent—our adolescent-minded organized criminals operating within a few of our non-profit and government agencies—living a safe and productive lifestyle becomes much more difficult. Social security recipients receive a cost of living increase, in Massachusetts, the state deducts that amount from state benefits—sometimes more—so those people never really receive a cost of living increase. It’s criminal in my opinion, but it is what it is.
Also, for those of us who’ve remained homeless for extended periods of time—we’ve befriended other‘s in similar situations because we are inherently social creatures—but we find that those “friends” will gladly take from us without caring about anyone but themselves. It’s not intentional really, but it always leaves a bitter feeling in our hearts because we struggle in our own desperation. I think it’s about the instinct to achieve that creates and drives that desperation. Avoiding these friends sounds a bit selfish and seems unfair at times, but getting involved may only keep us in struggle. If we are going to overcome, we must do it solo. Group think doesn’t qualify for points if we want to keep our individuality.
FEAR, TECHNOLOGY AND VENGEANCE
There’s certainly a greater fear in the world today—more than ever before. We all seem to be skeptical about everything, and we are much more vulnerable to petty socially oriented manipulation than ever before. It’s all a part of the proliferation of our entertainment technologies by people without respect for anything but their own fame and fortune, and in some cases, driven by recurring vengeful business strategies.
INSTIGATORS POSING AS FRIENDS
So, what about those folks who live to spread their hatred of the poor, the sick or simple minded—the instigators most likely to gain by hate and its prejudice? How are they really held accountable? The rumor mongers, the bullies and the people who encourage them continually walk free among us spreading that virus, and we do nothing.
Hate can be a motivator for lawmakers just as it can for anyone else. Lawmakers are only human too. But, political initiatives born of hate and contempt for individuals can destroy nations. That holds especially true for political parties, and even more so for those who lead us. Should such people be trusted? How would you define a good leader?
Yes, we need change. But not necessarily the change you “might” be considering.
The cost of living continues to soar out of control, and while many of us struggle to keep up with the changes, we suffer irreparable physical, mental and emotional harms because we can no longer find joy in simply being alive. For many of us, there’s never enough time or money to be able to truly enjoy life—never mind being able to find the time to share in our “family and community.” I think it’s all because we remain stuck in a macroscopic economic Ponzi scheme—created by our own greed and managed by our own sense of desperation . It’s a system that “all of us” are responsible for because we’ve been forced to become selfish and lazy from the fatigue of surviving our own creations. Our lives! Everything’s about MONEY! Education is premised upon MONEY! Medicine is premised upon MONEY!
Being in a society like that, while we permit desperation to carry us through each day—in circumstances we should never be in—takes a heavy toll on all of our attempts to live life. We become locked into a state of bitterness and resentment that never ends. Vicious cycles! The result is always despair .
America is becoming the land of “regulated opportunity,” and it won’t be long until there’s no opportunity at all. Our lives will be predetermined by some regulatory ideology.
Sometimes, some of us need help from community organizations, but they are often either underfunded, inadequately / improperly managed, or, in simpler terms, lack the personnel with the expertise necessary to follow through and complete their intended missions. Meanwhile, the poor and destitute fall deeper into a state of hopelessness because the right resources to redefine one’s life cannot exist because of subjective legislative initiatives.
Futility is an exercise I’d like to avoid at all costs, but dealing with mental and emotional disorders in a philosophically twisted society will only lead to more drama and chaos. No thanks! I’ll stay right where I’m at.
Some people in many agencies claim to be devoted to helping the poor, but actually become contributors to a much bigger problem. So watch out! Some mean well, but by getting involved with them or their “systems” you could end up right back on the streets, or worse, in jail or DEAD!
The environmental realities that lead many of us to our failures—along with our personal vulnerabilities—are ideologies that are often paved with good intentions, but unfortunately, the journey can be detrimental to our survivability because trial-and-error are all too often an operational standard. Damage is always done.
The crazy economic realities in our lives that are worsening without fail—represent an entirely new cycle of victimization—and can drive us further into our journey toward failure. We need to stop this cycle. But that’s not always something we can control. That’s a little off topic. But more on that later...
Homelessness can also be about quitting a dead end job or getting fired, and not being able to find work—so then we can’t afford to pay our rent. Guess what happens next? We get evicted, and we’re back on the streets at square one once again. It’s a real bummer! But most of the time, it’s our own fault, because we fail to learn from our mistakes and do it all over again.
A fire could ravage our home and leave us penniless and vulnerable—with nothing to show for years of hard work, and the prospect of getting back what we once had seems hopeless. So, the cycle of circumstances “beyond our control” wins again. At least, that’s what we try to convince ourselves is the problem. “Circumstances beyond our control.”
It can also happen that we become ill—so much so that we cannot work at all—and as we fall deeper into debt, we also fall deeper into a state of hopelessness. Envy, jealousy, greed and aggression, driven by urgency can turn decent human beings into monsters. Imagine an entire society like that? Well, take a look around. Are we really happy without money?
Don’t think that these things couldn’t happen to you, because they can. Let's hope not. But believe me, you never know when a tragedy will strike, and sometimes, there's a long period of bad luck to go along with it! It’s only wise to prepare for a worst case scenario. Planning ahead for hardship goes a long way in survival.
On the other side of the coin, homelessness can be an opportunity to free oneself from the chaos life can represent at times—a choice—a way to be free from the drama of troublesome neighbors or having to live in a dumpy building with eight, four, and two legged critters running around causing trouble. The two legged critters being people who wear multiple hats and talk a lot of shit. Those critters are the most dangerous. Drama queens! People who only care about themselves and their agendas are usually intended to undermine the happiness of others. Some drama queens have no clue that this condition lives in their souls.
Homelessness—in a positive sense—can also provide an opportunity for reconnecting oneself with nature—or perhaps as a means to reflect upon one’s life in an effort to rebuild some faith and hope that there’s something better ahead—a smarter path for surviving a world of materialism, greed and selfishness. It can be a time to reflect about our own life’s philosophy and correct the things that need to be corrected. Shouldn’t life involve more than struggle? Where’s the balance in our lives? Where’s the passion for our purpose as individuals? Where’s the genuine wisdom in all of our perspectives.
Well, in order to solve the problems we face today, or that brought us to the brink of disaster—in a manner that restores our self-respect and provides a clear path for personal security with our faith and dignity intact—takes a lot of introspection, initiative, and hard work. It takes enormous effort in retrospect—which is something many of us are too exhausted to even think about doing, so we don’t even try. Thus, we’ve been defeated before we even try.
Some of us are so tired of fighting with the system to survive that we just give up trying, or end up in jail. We fall deeper into self-destructive behavioral patterns that lead us to more failure, and sometimes during all of this, we become reckless with the lives of others without realizing it. Some of us even die before our time because of the depth of our carelessness and spiritual dysfunction.
The process of regaining control over our own lives—once we’re able to accept that our past brought us nothing but malcontent and utter failure—is not an easy thing to understand. In fact, it sucks! But accepting the reality that “we,” each as individuals, are at fault, is a must for true recovery. Just knowing the details of all of our mistakes and issues isn’t going to rescue us. It takes action! We must be resolute. It requires a dedication and devotion to positive change. And without honesty as the foundation of these actions, our efforts are worth nothing, mean nothing, and lead to nothing. The threads in the fabric of our integrity is disintegrating.
Having some faith in yourself, and a willingness to make the necessary changes in your life to find the right path for you—and to do whatever it takes to bring joy in simply-being-alive—is easier than you think. But it may involve having to be content with little-to-no-means while you’re recovering. This is because there’s only so many hours in a day, and acting toward recovery is a full time job.
Starting over takes a power greater than yourself, a faith within yourself, for yourself. It takes humility and trust.
Down on your luck? Tired of the bullshit people pull to get ahead? Well... Faith is a powerful reality! It can move mountains. Change the fate of a nation. Alter the destiny of a race. It can be a source of inner strength when times are tough. It can even save lives—if there’s enough courage in your faith. But is that enough? Not always!
Finding faith can be the toughest road you’ll ever travel—especially if there’s any doubt within you that you are here for a reason, or that your life has a meaning—regardless of your past. Guilt has to go! Resentment has to go! Unnecessary selfishness has to go! And we need to take on a bigger challenge. A challenge that our ancestors laid upon us. Preserving Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all our people. Not just those we like or who agree with us.
But faith can also be used as a weapon. Religion is a major source of this weaponry; since religious beliefs can be so binding upon the body, mind and soul. The faith of some might not be right for others. And, depending upon which side of any conflict you’re standing on, I guess our faith will determine how difficult our road will be to travel.
Faith in the wrong things can only make matters worse. So how do you know what faith is really right? How does one rebuild faith after experiencing a lifetime of betrayal and hypocrisy from leaders with hidden agendas?
Sometimes our faith is tested beyond belief—tested to such an extent that our surrender may be the only solution to our problem—or not. And depending upon how deeply our faith and courage together can convince us that our perspectives are based on fact, reality, and the truth—or whatever else drives your inner sense of purpose / meaning, admitting to ourselves that we need help might be the only road to our earthly survival. Surrendering doesn’t mean quitting or dropping out of living our lives among others. And it certainly doesn’t mean compromising our personal morality and ethics. Surrender, in this case, is all about finding faith!
Self-righteousness plays a role in this too. Self-righteousness was a dear friend of mine for many years, and without realizing it, I became close minded, stubborn and arrogant—with the highest level of ignorance imaginable driving my initiatives. I felt so betrayed that my self righteous ideas was all i could trust. It wasn’t healthy. Some of it was unconscionable. But in recognizing it, I learned a-lot by mapping it all out—for me, myself, and I. My biggest obstacle was accepting that I could not lie to myself.
Whatever your demons represent in your life or to you, I know there’s hope. There always is! Because FAITH is a powerful reality.
My name is Walt, and I happen to be one of those homeless guys living in the woods. But make no mistake about it. I’m here by choice. I love the outdoors. Nature. I call it God’s domain. I am a Christian. It has forced me to find contentment within myself—with hardly any means or benefits whatsoever. For me, it’s back to basics. Connecting with the earth I was born of. Connecting with simplicity, and believing in God. My God! The God who reveals life to me in a way I may not be able to appreciate right away, but in a way that only I can recognize.
I needed first to force myself to find contentment in having nothing, rather than indulging myself in the status quo of materialism, and the greed and frustration that accompanies it. I still struggle with that.
Materialism is one of the most tempting of life’s self-destructive offerings—and it can be the most devastating if we allow it to govern our lives—or our purpose. It’s born of envy, jealousy and irrational hatred—and with desperation driving its hunger, trust remains unattainable.
Life can be tough on folks. Folks who may not necessarily deserve to be poor and destitute. Disabled Individuals, seniors, handicapped and others suffering endless calamities for bad choices made throughout their lives, or those having unfortunate major health problems, bad genes, or simply a poor upbringing. Those who have nowhere to turn because our society, by policy, has decided they have nothing more to offer.
Recently, I’ve noticed that economic circumstances make it seem as though our Nation’s legacy—a genuine right for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness--for all our people is no longer respected as our way of life. Our principles have been contaminated by cross-cultural prejudice and disrespect—by the lust to possess—or the want to get ahead.
These days, for us, life’s more about rising to the top—in dollars and cents—regardless of the harms being done, or who gets hurt during our quest for financial independence / greatness / supremacy—whatever. We seem less likely to respect our own basic humanity than ever before. This is biblical. Read about the tower of babel, but keep it in perspective—this is about the individual.
Too many people have sacrificed their lives to preserve our ability to be free here in America. I can't squander this gift of freedom like I have in the past, or ignore the realities or the value of the lives around me—the hearts, minds and souls of others—regardless of race, culture, color, creed, religion, or sexual preference—because that’s part of what led to my failure as a human being. Understanding that is where hope comes in.
As an American, I have to respect our Nation’s legacy because I am a part of this Nation. I need to understand the purity and greatness of our Constitution as our ancestors shaped it—and rather than what we’ve been misled to believe what life’s all about today, it’s more important for me to be an example in all my pursuits. But is that even possible any more while political regulatory schemes pollute the principles of human compassion?
The fundamental principles of justice, fairness and human compassion have been twisted by demented organized criminals thriving in the fabric of our media, government and large scale business operations. So much so that we’ve been led to compromise our values in life for the sake of possession--profit.
It seems as though our wants and love of our possessions have overtaken so many of our simple ambitions—so much so that we’ve enslaved ourselves to the trending but parasitical freakonomics! Many of us seem to find contentment thriving in our own wastefulness—driven by our political systems that we perpetuated in our own greed, collectively. In this case, greed is not a necessarily a choice, but it is often a necessity. This is where we’re at as a Nation, IMO.
It’s Malcontent to a point of self-destruction. Just look at the way our political system has been working, or better yet, the adolescent minded people governing it.
The modern philosophies that have evolved in the spirit of desire, the quest for supremacy (to be equal with God) has proven, once again, that our Bible is correct and true. The truth isn’t easy to comprehend in that vein, because our perspectives have been distorted by evolution.
In a sense, that’s what’s leading us to economic suicide. Our desires and quests for supremacy. Not just as a nation, or humanity as a whole, but each us as individuals. It could result in the destruction of the human race if we continue on this reckless path to some delusional idea of utopia.
Our parasitical economic system will destroy the human race. We thrive on being entertained, even if we’re at risk from it, because of our boredom from our personal limitations. We even cast out other people from our lives over foolish things, despite their potential for great contribution, charity and love. At times, we even cast out family members more easily than ever before. We’re taught that freedom and independence means that we can do whatever we want—even if it is destructive.
WE ARE ALL THE VICTIMS OF “THE PONZI Scheme.”
The Think Tank Nation is a program idea being developed to include anyone willing to participate in the think tank process. It’s about identifying the most dangerous aspects of our past lives and recognizing how those things impacted our lives. Our successes, our failures and current lifestyle impediments.
It’s intended to help each of us develop our own individual social and financial stability; through solidarity, honor and hard work to reinvent ourselves and to help lead our nation back to a state of creative greatness. It’s not about having the most money, a nice ride, or a lavish party lifestyle. It’s not about war or violence. It’s about humanity!
This program begins as a process of building one’s own Recovery and Advancement Plan—the plan for constantly improving upon our lives, with personal experience and understanding as our guide—in order to bring back some genuine happiness and pride in ourselves, each as an American.
It’s not about everyone else’s issues, but it is about our own—each as an individual—in need of finding our own passions, with self-respect, and by what we value as human beings.
Day one and Two: Two hours each.
Introduction day. Each participant will learn how to develop a RAP (Recovery and Advancement Plan) covering their own perspectives about the pros and cons of their lives. The pros and cons of their life’s history. An honest evaluation of purpose and accomplishments.
The RAP’s are in written form, or better yet, in workbook format. Once completed, suitable advisors of the participant’s choosing to help further develop the participant’s “plan” of action.
The RAP can be in a “Form” format to better help the individual focus upon the RAP construct. Personal journaling should be introduced at this point.
Note: The most important aspect of this portion of the program is to look upon one’s life in the most positive senses, but demonstrating honesty and an awareness to the negativity and bad choices made throughout their life.
The plan should be geared to lead the participants to force challenges upon themselves each and every day—to help identify their specific triggers and to compensate for the errors in order to solidify the plan’s success.
Day Two and three: Two Hours each.
Each participant will use the time, through group session methodology, to share their personal findings about themselves—within the RAP construct—about their lives (pros and cons), and how they will attain their desired goals.
Participants can choose what they want to share, and they must not be even slightly encouraged to share something they do not want to. (Fear is an obstruction and can demotivates the poor and destitute community. That should not be provoked).
Day Four and five: Two Hours each.
Self-awareness and community standing. Each of the participants will “toss around” their own ideas concerning how they can get through each day, doing something to improve themselves and their community in a manner that they are personally passionate about. This too will be incorporated into the RAP. This is not about volunteering or charity, but is more about developing a better personal attitude, and making changes that are consistent with the specific goals they’ve committed to, and to accomplish their mission of increasing their income through contributive enthusiasm.
Day Six and seven: Two Hours each.
Action day. Each participant will share their plan with the counsel as to how they will put the RAP into practice—but focusing mostly upon their community involvement method and how they expect it to impact their community. It’s hoped that personal journaling will help participants stay on track.