21 August 2017

Poli-Ticks: Many Pests Living Off A Host

Some of us have the keys to unlock the world's challenges...the first lock being the cold hearts of men.

All governments of men can be measured and judged by how they protect, manage and grow their people...or how they trouble, divide and diminish their people.

What if a government (or the people who manage the government) is just and its laws are just, yet certain people are rebellious and inconsolable?

To the inconsolable, their government is unjust.

Would the opinions of the inconsolable mean their government is unjust?

No.

What if the laws are just but the government (or certain people who manage the government) are unjust?

Would a corrupt government also mean the people governed are also unjust?

No.

Remember that all governments are occupied by human beings, and these humans are individuals with individual fears, dreams, strengths and weaknesses.

A good government clearly reflects the sentiments, values and ethics of its leadership, as does a bad government.

Imagine someone, or a time in your country's government, that you believed its leaders were doing a great job and were 'good'.

Now imagine the worse example, either in your country or elsewhere during another time, of a bad government / leadership.

Did that good or bad example in government also mean that the people governed were also good or bad?

No.

The righteous exist despite other people's manners.

A righteous leader can exist while the people are corrupt, and righteous people exist while the 'leader' is corrupt.

When reading history, a government's leadership sometimes mirrors its people...and sometimes it does not.

The reflection is sometimes seen as one-way, like the image seen in the mirror is the government and the people are looking into the mirror (the image causing the reflection in the mirror).

But the image in the mirror can also be the people and the leader is the one looking in the mirror.

If the king is honorable and just, most likely his government and his people also reflect the king's values.

So opposite is also true, and the influence isn't always from top to bottom (leader to people), but from bottom up.

Sometimes, the leadership of a government, or whomever occupies the highest seat, reflects the sentiments of the people.

The manner how 'right' and 'wrong' is defined depends on the values leadership holds, but also on the value sentiments of the people.

The role of leadership brings great responsibility, yet the people also have their responsibility.

The highest modern offices of public office have such ideas as immunity and impunity.

These are beneficial safeguards when the weight of an important position may cause so much stress that clear judgment and good efforts may run foul...and the leader(s) make(s) bad decisions.

Grace is then extended to the person having made bad decisions.

Some people dislike this clause in their country's law, but if you were the person who made a bad decision while thinking you were making a honest and good decision, this clause may be a saving grace.

It is because of the bad examples and evidence of culpability that people dislike such forgiveness for crimes in government.

It is when purposeful decisions that, regardless of being found popular, do unjust harm that immunities and impunities are a tool to escape punishment for evil deeds.

Moving the goalpost (a fallacy and cheap trick) is what any political entity does to best manage its collective interest.

Let's look at the issue of refugee / immigration as an example on its surface (not delving too deeply into the issue).

Immigration from one political entity (nation / country) to another is a decision not done flippantly by an immigrant.

In the past, we've seen both affluent and poor people migrate in order to survive genocide (one extreme), or to realize a better quality of life (lesser extreme).

To leave one's place of birth or known surroundings is a risk not taken lightly.

The immigrant / refugee has a motivation outweighing the fear / problem realized in their homeland, leaving all they know for uncertainty...a search for a semblance of hope.

Lawmakers write many things and call it law.

Whether the law is 'right' or 'wrong' sometimes seems a secondary issue when considering the factors and unforeseen affects of the law.

Almost every law can be argued and justified through an economic definition.

Prejudice is how people react to the economic plight or economic leverage.

The complexities are usually never mentioned nor even understood by the people making opinions but lacking an objective and broader view.

By the stroke of a pen something 'legal' one day becomes illegal the next, for such is the fickleness of men's minds in either attempting to prevent, or correct, something else.

Each individual has their limited horizon when regarding their fellow human beings and why mankind does as it does.

Some laws embody the popular consciousness (or consensus) while others are quite void anything morally valuable, but more about managing people like animals and encouraging economic growth at the cost of people.

At the risk of sounding promotional and biased for one particular political entity currently in existence; it seems some people are confused about what the U.S. government is and what the endgame is.

Depending on who you talk / listen to, U.S. domestic and foreign policy is usually expressed negatively and cynically.

The negativity usually overrides the positive or the good that has come from the United States.

I think with a proper historical point of view, and considering past empires and humanity's graduation of social order, the good becomes clearer and the negative is better identified, and evidence of purpose is realized.

It is illogical to consider order comes out of chaos...while this is what is usually argued, I think it is all a matter of perspective.

Isn't the policy of the U.S. to export the good ideas that built America into the opportunity it is for those who work hard for it?

Have you noticed how one person's hare work benefits many others who don't have to work so hard.

This is a constant in almost every aspect of life, including law and government.

Notice how, although it has taken generations, some people who were once considered chattel property are now atop the fixtures of government and private industry...lawfully on-par with all other people.

This is a self-evident good thing.

When people desire to vilify one government idea for another (like pro- or anti-capitalism in favor of pro- or anti-communism, or any other ism), some things are being misunderstood.

Have you noticed how communism added to the quickening of equality and a better understanding between wealth and labor?

Is it noticeable the good that communist ideas have added to U.S. policy, while the ongoing discussion between isms has also identified the bad ideas and how to avoid them?

It takes time for people to see the good and bad things of any particular ism, or government, or individual brother and sister in humanity.

Have you noticed that some immigrants / refugees eventually return to their places of origin to further the opportunities and experience they realized stateside?

This agrees with the idea exporter the U.S. (and previous empires) have been!

Instead of top-down nation flipping through war, how about bottom-up policy changing through generations?

Enjoy this article about city growth and, despite the seemingly overwhelming challenges of proper people and land management, Lateef Sholebo is sharing their American experience in bringing the good he learned in America.

In places where democracy is the idea (government's where people can voice their ideas and cause change in their government), bad policy can be corrected and made better, or good in due time.

'How' or 'how quickly' it will be corrected is another matter.

Notice how bottom-up policy is how missionaries have changed the people and places the Message has served over the generations since Grace appeared.

Cultures, peoples, governments, landscapes and ideas have forever changed.

Once priorities are corrected with the individual (whether that individual is a leader in government or a leader among the common people), the machinations are realized to have been most justified.

The good (intention and effort) outweighs the bad (human mistake) every time.

What is described herein is the endgame and purpose for why America was written into existence.

It is all a matter of 'seeing' things beyond the noise, doubt and harsh criticisms.

19 August 2017

Mocking Children Who Look Like Aged Adults

James 4: 4-5

I have been reminded of several important lesson – one being who and who not to build relationships with.

Friendship comes in all kinds of degrees.

Defining what a friend is depends on an individual's understanding, expectation and experience of what they considered 'friends'.

This goes for almost each every word one cares to define and make sense of.

Being friendly is the way to be, I say, regardless of 'who' others are.

Realizing that friendliness is not always reciprocated is a wise reality to remember.

People being unfriendly shouldn't be reason or cause to cease being friendly to everyone, even those unfriendly souls.

It seems at times in trying to love people, I go beyond my boundaries (or those set by others) and in trying to love, to serve and to be a friend, I do too much and go overboard.

I have been corrected in a futile attempt to love people who loved me not.

I have respected people who respected me not.

I have tried and gone the distance with people who did not hold my best interests at heart, and I was again reminded that I had too high expectations on people.

I did all I could in befriending people whose idea of friendship was perhaps less intrusive than my own...a friendship from a distant heart, never to go beyond coffee house banter.

I was told that I try to make people think like me.

Fair enough; that accusation speaks volumes in a myriad of ways positively, negatively and ubiquitously.

One of my mistakes was expectation.

Not everyone desires to love others, or see the best in people despite their humanity.

Not everyone forgives or even tries to forgive.

Not everyone has a light-filled process of healing, or a love-first manner to holding a friendship.

Not everyone has a purpose...aside from their own self-preservation.

For some people, they never consider themselves being wrong, only those around them.

Some of these are sheep He has entrusted me to gather, while others are the goats, wolves and those not of the fold...yet we are to love even the most vile (enemies), thus why the lessons never fail to come.

I have been treating the people around me, regardless of their religion (how they view themselves and the world), as if they were my church.

I have been treating the people I come across as if they were just like me; people who love God, praise His Holy Name, and love others regardless of people's humanity.

And I've been corrected on my expectations, not my approach, in quite a striking way.

I relish the pain now that I have relearned the lesson!

The pain challenged me to draw my love back, to shrink back in faith and from my purpose (which is to love God and all mankind).

But I am not of those who shrink back and allows my heart to grow cold, that is what the godless do.

In recalling the details and my own shortcomings, I have realized how my character has also absorbed some of the less than noble habits of my peer group.

Compromise.

I have found myself repeating the gossip, the talking of / about others behind their backs.

I am sure the sourness in some of my friendships / relationships / acquaintances has come about because of gossip about me behind my back.

These are lessons I learned so long ago, as a child...and here I am sadly having fallen back into committing such basic mistakes.

I see adults much older than me still acting like children on a playground, making fun of, mocking, being sarcastic and seeing life in a cynical way.

So when such low manners are directed at me, why should I be surprised when I realize these people do not hear and neither see?

I momentarily forgot who I am, who calls me, and how His process upon the world comes about.

In my forgetfulness, I have adopted some bad traits in overreaching my attempt of friendship with the world.

I have learned so much.

One lesson was that people 'see' God not so much because of my words to them, but my actions and way of life.

I've been trying too hard using words.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame. 
- 1 Corinthians 15: 33-34

17 August 2017

Standing Before Or Behind Politics?


Left vs Right in politics should be seen as the Left and Right hand of the same body, since that is what politics is by definition.

Before trying to figure out whether you 'stand' to the left or right of any given issue, think instead of standing in a line.

You are standing in line for what you want out of life: love, peace, happiness, fulfillment, joy, good health, wealth, a job, justice, etc..

Contrasting politics and people in general, the People should see themselves as either in front of or behind politics in a line.

Politicians support those in front of them...and manage those behind them.

To be ahead in line of the politics is being focused on 'why' you are in line...not focused on asking others for what you are in line for.

When we were children, we asked our parents or guardians for things we wanted...but as adults, have we not realized it is up to ourselves to get what we want?

So why do adults still ask other adults for things, and ways of life, when it is up to the individual to realize the things we are all standing in line for?

Those with money who write checks to garner political support, or those without money but do the hard work of raising awareness and campaign to encourage initiatives (both efforts in pushing through policy), are both served by politicians (and are found ahead of the line).

Those who argue, stammer and complain are at the back of the line...are easily divided, and are those who are victims to the duplicity, chicanery, discord and failures of depending on others for the things we are standing in line for.

Where in the line do you stand?

Standing to the left or right is not moving forward in the line, and is instead being confused by the left vs right arguments.

Stand ahead of the noise and let your example of love for all mankind, embracing all of humanity in all its frailty and weakness, be the model that Christ initiated some times ago.

Stand ahead of those who have been fooled into fighting over what others have worked for and focused on.

Stand hand-in-hand with those who rise above the noise and weapons of mass distraction in the social and common media...and realize how many similar interests you have with all the people standing in line.

16 August 2017

Homelessness; A Purpose Teaching Us How To Love

Simple Solutions To Ideas Usually Confusing & Complicated
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is Love. - 1 John 4: 8

This article is the Addendum of a four-part series on homelessness.

A stepping stone from homelessness to societal redemption is private space; enough space to sleep, enjoy peace and quiet, and ultimately get back to doing one's part (work).

If we take the example of a family, what can we learn when applying a family dynamic to our extended family found in all humanity?

The parent(s) work and provide for their children.

Learning steps are taught by the parents to ensure the children's success as they grow and to eventually provide for themselves (and perhaps repeat the process in the next generation).

Usually, the children are given menial tasks (chores) to build in them the concept of earning their keep.

The family model of past times (or places Today where the farm is where the family resides), having more children allowed for more assistance in the labor of growing food to first feed the family, and secondly provide for other necessities or luxuries.

The city-dwelling family, more specialized skills are needed since the basics of food production have been culturally 'contracted out' to others.

This is why I repeat the point of food production for not only the poor, but that every single person has a bit of 'green' on their thumb.

We are organic beings, and we derive our sustenance from other organic beings (fruits, vegetables and sometimes animals).

To sustain a connection to our biological relationship to nature is a reminder to stay grounded to our natural order.

The human being needs food in order to continue to live.

When other means of sustenance fails, we shall have a method for the human being to return to the basics.

Food production.

For the very small segment of the population in modern cities that lives on the fringes of poverty, the ability for them to realize a meal from their own efforts can be groundbreaking in their redemption back into a specialized society.

The current approaches to poverty, homelessness and broken human beings falls short, I think, of including the responsibility and lesson of the family.

Have you noticed that children who grew up with responsibilities inside and outside the home usually become more successful as adults, as opposed to those who were somewhat spoiled and not held to certain expectations?

I was the child who learned the hard way about responsibility, work ethics and accepting certain realities that I didn't want to accept.

My eldest sibling was raised with responsibilities, chores and expectations, and when life's challenges came their way, they seemed to navigate such challenges according to the discipline they learned.

Me, on the other hand, had few expectations and this allowed me to be more rebellious.

Sure; my personal examples are not an accurate depiction of all humanity, but perhaps there is some semblance and relation, and maybe even more examples and variables you individually can add!

One reality in life I had a difficult time accepting was how an overriding market exists.

The market treats all players equally; punishing the less learned and rewarding those paying close attention and learning its manners.

The only racism in a free market is the color of the money and who can accurately manage the ideas of value.

The capital incentive, however, isn't always a humanitarian one, and this again is where the family example can provide solutions.

Thus a humanitarian approach and solution is needed regarding the humanitarian crisis of homelessness in places where wealth flourishes, yet somehow people go hungry despite the various opportunities all around them.

Something has been broken for some time, and the evidence is in the minds and manners of those whom the market has spit out.

Over a century ago the idea of a poor farm was introduced in the United States as a solution to homelessness.

As with any human endeavor, there were good and not so good developments.

Some people who had no other option and were too old or frail to find work found instead a bed, food, and ways to contribute their part in an accepting community.

The homeless were able to realize a more dignified life besides sleeping on the street, begging, and being vulnerable to violence or further neglect.

A state solution is one manner of addressing homelessness.

Many people go out of their way to help the less fortunate, and these are stories we rarely hear about on the news.

The absence of good news (people helping people) not being repeated in the news doesn't mean they are not happening.

I see it every day.

I know of a man who befriended a homeless person and allowed them to stay in his beautiful home.

This kind consideration was enough for that homeless person to get back on their feet, to have a peaceful place to sleep and shower, and align their efforts in finding consistent work.

There was a plan, a time limit, and eventually that person was redeemed back into society.

The success of this particular story includes the charitable giver's heart and effort, and also the intention of the one being helped.

Trust was an important factor, on both sides of the relationship.

Not every homeless person has arrived to their position because of outside forces, but because of their repeatedly bad decisions (drug / alcohol abuse, for example).

For others their journey was a combination of a variety of factors.

The aim for those who desire to help is to provide, through self-sustainment, a place where people can grow in a variety of ways...much like the family example.

Who will pay for it?

Donations to charitable groups, religious organizations and some government funding shows a slush of cash readily available, all well-intended, but perhaps some of it misguided.

Misguided because some of the effort lacks love.

Love in the form of friendship.

Government programs, as do non-profit organizations privately run, have their overhead (cost of conducting their efforts) that supports those who manage the efforts, respectively.

However, there exists those examples of outright fraud capitalizing on charitable hearts.

These, as in all aspects of society, have their vultures...but such vultures exist to show what a bad example is, and not all species are vultures.

It is this same shame and possible regret someone may feel who personally desires helping someone on the street, hoping those helped get some food, but instead the receiver uses the money for drugs, alcohol, or more detrimental activities.

The real work is the one-on-one that is not easy to do; an effort that is easily deferred to others who claim to help.

But each of us, when putting ourselves in the shoes of another, needs to sense our part of responsibility and sensitivity.

How can the human disparity be bridged?

It is very easy to drop some change in a box or write a check and forward the responsibility of the hard - interpersonal relationship with the less fortunate - work onto others, hoping a particular charity is wise and honest with their efforts in helping the homeless.

Some organizations are run by honorable people and these people do a blessed job.

The human being is a product of their upbringing.

The upbringing is usually less than ideal (as all of our upbringings have been; to err is human...).

Some people have a limited view on life, what their options are, and other ideas besides what they've known due to their upbringing.

This is evident in even the most affluent of situations, for all of humanity shares a limited horizon outside of things they have not experienced.

Read this transcript (or hear the interview) about what may be a precursor to homelessness, crime and prison [be sure to also read / hear about Pineapple, and how the human element is crucial in bridging gaps of misunderstanding and narrow-mindedness].

Since homelessness isn't a simple topic to fully discuss, because it is tied to all other aspects of life, a child's upbringing needs to be addressed.

Those homeless people we see or hear about...were once children...most likely having hopes, aspirations and dreams like the rest of us.

I don't think any homeless person ever dreamed of being homeless.

Somehow, somewhere along their path, something went wrong and the challenges of life overwhelmed them like waves overtaking a boat in a sea ever-changing.

As we would approach a child according to their limited view and understanding, so shall we approach a broken person according to their limited view and understanding.

To do so we need to get to know them first.

Revising The American Dream

Although a city seems like a vast place full of opportunity (which it is), not every person 'sees' this reality.

Most people only 'see' what they've been raised and taught to see.

Not every person is made or capable of being extremely productive in modern and specialized societies like a sports car is manufactured according to a specific design, as such a model of car is made according to a specialized production model being made for the same purpose.

To use a vehicle as an analogy for human beings, some people are sports cars (but very few), more are tractor trailers, even more public transit buses, and many more wheel barrels...with few being parts of wheel barrels.

This is not be undignified when speaking of humanity, but to put into simple terms that some people shouldn't be expected to outperform other people.

Not every human being is a competitor nor desires to be.

Humans are not machines in that sense, although we can become mechanical in our approach to life and life's challenges.

Humans can become programmed productions influenced by their home's conditions, parent's character traits, their local community dynamics and their collective experiences throughout their journey of life.

The fear of moving beyond one's current reality is a factor almost every adult can comprehend and worry about.

Yet this is the very issue that not only is a stumbling block for humanity in many aspects of life, it can also be a psychological reason for the homeless to cease seeking hope in a world that seems to have evicted them onto the streets (a possible homeless argument).

Re-Imagining 'Home', 'Job', 'Identity', 'Self Worth'

The idea of permaculture is, I think, a forerunner to success.

Before a person 'needs' a car, they need the basics; food, shelter, clothing.

A few sets of clothes is a need, while a closet full of labeled brands is a luxury.

Here is a very important example of turning an arid desert into a lush and food-producing landscape capable of feeding many people.

That example shows how even the most desolate looking places on earth can mirror a Garden of Eden.

Surely we can do the same in more fertile places on earth, and also in approaching people who may today seem a wasteland, but with love and kindness, can become a fertile ground exemplifying grace and redemption.

The current permaculture proponent and expert is Geoff Lawton, and this quote of his is quite simple and profound:

You can solve all the world's problems with a garden.”

Growing food is key for the homeless and poor.

The manner food is grown, and how that effort ties people to a deeper appreciation of the natural world (and life) is a defining factor.

I think a more modern approach to life is key, but perhaps not according to current modern manners.

This means: the aim to support people in already overpopulated and expensive cities should be reconsidered.

The aim should be to base a human system around the natural reality, from basics to simple things.

Self sustenance.

The city model is dependent on many factors, and over time has crept further away from the nature-based model of ancient times...and man still needs to eat.

Not everything archaic is valueless, just as not all things modern are valuable and can delete the past.

While incorporating the natural and reasonable that is aimed at rehabilitating people, a departure from the profit motive needs to be evaluated.

The permaculture video example linked above shows how a desolate 10 acres of land was transformed using wise and natural efforts, leaving behind the 'modern' efforts that actually are unwise and detrimental.

Surely those 10 acres are now valued several times more than its previous state, but that value is what people have worked into it.

Imagine teaching the homeless to participate in the market in a way that they can be proud of...that is inclusive, that reflects the value they intrinsically have due to being our brothers and sisters!

And it is this value that the common person, even someone needing to be rehabilitated into a sense of belonging, can realize when reflecting on how creation responds when men each do their part.

15 August 2017

Redeeming The Homeless Part Four: Redemption Towns & Government's Limited Role

give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; 
teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

Continued from Part Three.

In summary;

Part One shares my personal struggle that almost led me to a time of further self-inflicted pain and anguish, and a single person that would not give up on me and did whatever possible to help me from further injuring myself [the personal element of someone actually caring making a world of difference].

Part Two speaks of putting ourselves into the shoes of the homeless, or someone we dearly love, knowing very well we would do everything possible to help...money and time being second to that person's needs.

Part Three mentions government's actual role in society as defenders, providers and helpers of the defenseless, disenfranchised and helpless...and asks for removing what does not and has not worked, while introducing and reproducing what private citizens are doing for themselves in aiming at self sustenance.

In this part, we explore more difficult decisions after the most difficult decision of actually loving and caring for our broken brothers and sisters.

Land.

Land for food production and living space.

In Part Three I mentioned rent-to-own tiny homes, where the idea of personal value comes along with the help of a place to live.

This is one of many viable solutions that go beyond the publicly owned housing that very few people would prefer living in.

Eventual private ownership in place of public assistance is the necessary departure from public homes that are not valued by those who live in them.

Notice how public housing is usually avoided by others because of the connection with substance abuse, gang activity, deplorable conditions and other evidence of a broken society's end product: lack of love.

Putting back together people who have been broken on the inside is not something that mere money or new facilities can 'fix'.

Holding people's hands is key, much how that stray animal is comforted in several ways, so the human being needs to be comforted.

The stray animal doesn't care about the accommodations, but rather the attention and care given by its rescuer.

How much more do people respond to love and a caring attitude!

Regarding providing incentive in housing; the incentive (and risk of loss) from market forces brings a very different attitude regarding the living space; people take better care of property when there is an incentive (or possible loss) for them to do so.

Landlords know this lesson very well; renters who have nothing to lose usually do not take care of the property.

The tenant whose credit may be drastically hurt, or who may lose their deposit, are more responsible.

How has public housing been treated in the past?

That answer shows its eventual ineffectiveness.

An idea is to imagine a privately (or maybe publicly owned to a certain extent) common area (something akin to HOA's) with individual tiny homes eventually owned outright by those who are being redeemed back into society.

Maybe this could be a bridge between government and private efforts that build value in those being served.

What, where and whose land?

Empty state / federally owned lands beyond the metropolis, and spaces currently becoming vacant in the cities.

In the countryside; the kibbutz model (minus the military example at that article, but perhaps another market effort) is something to be considered.

Communities built on ancient realities (self-sustaining and built around agriculture) is advantageous in allowing for recovery, reflection and rejuvenation...and learning the the reality that all things come at some sort of cost.

In the city; have you noticed the change in the business model of brick and mortar stores?

Notice the growing empty spaces where large stores once dominated a shopping center.

This is because the purchasing of merchandise is increasingly going online, and this trend may not reverse on its own.

There is a grand opportunity for both public officials (government) and private individuals (humanitarian investors) to address the homeless situation RIGHT NOW with incentives for those being helped.

At the end of year 2016, voting citizens in the metropolis of Los Angeles passed a $1.2 billion tax assessment on real estate property owners to fund housing for the homeless.

After passing the taxing measure, decisions were being finalized regarding 'how' to spend the money.

Yet I don't read the basics of food production being included.

The aim is well intended: provide 'affordable housing'.

But nothing about building incentives (rent-to-own, for example) for those served, or teaching self-sustenance, or foster creativity in market participation.

Unfortunately, new trends and ideas that are realized among private citizens seem to always be realized too late in government, especially over-bureaucratized governments like the U.S. has become.

The 'American Dream' model of life, so vastly imitated the world over, needs revisiting and revising.

Here is a rudimentary break-down of expenses compared to income for the common consuming city citizen.

Notice the three biggest costs are the living space, utilities and food...the three points stressed in this series on homelessness.

With disposable income (monies that do not go to the basics), both governments and society is supported (taxes and redistribution of wealth).

Without empowering people, wealth is less widely distributed.

When government attempts to address the problems while not addressing the greater costs of living (with a call for more taxes and more government employment usually the 'remedy'), the basics to encouraging more wealth production and its even distribution is prevented and seems to be ignored.

This series on homelessness can be never-ending, for there are so many factors regarding what causes people to become homeless in the first place.

Mainly and obvious factors are ignorance of economics and ignorance of how money actually 'works' (and how it does not work, and why systems break down despite most people working to sustain it).

Since the majority of people are employees of others, we have a mass populous that is managed...and much of that effort is sadly mismanaged by people with too narrow of a perspective.

With renewable energy advances, the ability to grow food personally, and an aim to eventually own one's living space, there is a great opportunity to teach the most disadvantaged to garner a better leverage in the world.

So why doesn't government empower, or at least encourage, these current trends of self-sustenance found in the real world?

Why doesn't government encourage sustainability that will eventually produce more wealth in the long run?

Is it ignorance, incompetence, or is something else in the way?

A simple example: if the new housing projects mentioned by the City of Los Angeles are to be built without renewable energy solutions, then the projects do not address the issue of lowering costs besides moving towards a cleaner environment.

The homeless person's participation.

The redemptive person's participation in society is what I think should lead, not follow, the efforts to address homelessness.

There is a time to reflect on the past and what led someone to their homeless and broken state, but more importantly should be the overriding focus on the now and building hope for the future.

An exciting hands-on experience of working towards feeding oneself, a return to the natural order of mankind's relationship to and with nature, may be one such effort in grounding the repairing effort of the broken.

Growing food can also be a way for the homeless to participate in their journey back into society, with the presence of 'work' being fostered to offset the reality and expense of city life.

A free lunch can come at a cost, usually a government form to fill out and humility to endure...while dignity can be fostered and be a very powerful tool in building a broken self-esteem by food production.

The amount of people already homeless are currently being assisted by private donations (by first-hand private citizen encounters on the street, by benevolent private charities, government assistance and methods outside of integrity by some of the homeless themselves - crime).

Teaching people to grow their own food can lower the associated costs of many unmanaged efforts.

Those large spaces that once housed a Walmart, for example, can be repurposed for food production efforts, with tiny homes and recreational spaces for outdoor living (not repeating the stacking of human beings into housing projects of the past).

An adequate person per square foot ratio that circumvents overcrowding and prevents exacerbating food production per consumption is a step in the logically right direction.

This is an unpopular idea, I must point out right now, because it typically goes against the business model of excising full profit potential from people and goes against the profit motive that usually trumps logic and consideration to the human factor.

Tax deduction donation centers can be near a repurposed space where the public at-large can bring their gifts and benevolent offerings.

In essence, I am sharing a remodeling of the poor farm of a century ago, but re-imagined as several layers of redemption back into modern society dependent on the needs, mental stability and current skill level of those being served.

Perhaps some participants will never desire to leave the location(s), but after turning their life around, may desire to become custodians and managers of these locations (similar to recovered drug and alcohol addicts becoming counselors and role models to those hoping for recovery).

A learning facility can be next to the donation location where the latest innovations in food production, small housing, and small business ideas can be learned and shared.

These efforts may attract recent high school graduates or people who are simply seeking alternatives, but priority should go to those factually in need.

An adequate space intermingled among a variety of enclaves in a city where a particular demographic being served can help redeem those currently stigmatized, while also rebranding the public assistance stigma that can be humiliating for those needing help and avoided by those needed most.

Perhaps a new model of living can be realized that focuses on the basic necessities in life (people, food, shelter, community, small-scale local productivity).

Perhaps the motivation will encourage some of the redeemed to move out of the city completely and repeat the new life they've learned in these inner-city redemption towns in the countryside, building a variant between suburb and rural society.

Some of the locations can specialize in helping the less stable, while others may be geared for those who need little to no mental health resources, but instead a place to get back on their feet or pursue other alternatives (mentioning again certain locations helping younger people or those changing their approach to life).

With the many other ideas that can come to mind, proper people redemption is crucial.

This series of articles speak of the homeless topic, but they also speak to all of mankind...and man's attitudes towards one another.

Where is our personal integrity when we consider another human being as less valuable, or less worthy, than ourselves?

This is where equality under the law was a very noble mention, but is typically ignored because it takes personal responsibility to actually follow (and risk exposing ourselves to liability for transgressing the law).

The vagrancy and loitering laws that have been mostly ignored for the sake of people's freedom to drift need to be addressed.

In Part One, I mentioned that options need to be made available...with the option to drift not being one of them.

I mentioned jail as one of the options for those who are found homeless and refuse to be housed or brought into a circumstance that room and resource is offered.

This may come across as quite harsh, or a civil rights violation, or a draconian manner of dealing with a humanitarian problem, but such is not the case.

The absence of law and order is what caused the increase in homelessness in the first place.

How is this so?

Taking the Icelandic response to crimes at the heights of economic centers, one should not also ignore the crimes occurring in the valleys of poor society.

In Iceland, those responsible for disrupting society's trust in government and crashing the financial system were punished.

The law and justice system 'worked' in Iceland because the law was enforced regardless of 'who' the lawbreaker was.

The same has yet to be said elsewhere, shamefully including the United States.

Debt forgiveness was mentioned in Iceland, with debt restructuring a solution while letting the culprits feel the pain they caused others.

Without integrity in law enforcement, people may be apt to ignore their conscience in respecting and acknowledging legitimate government, and the laws already present on the books.

Civilization and civility is recognized by abidance to law.

The highest law to follow is love for one's fellow brother and sister, and consideration for how one's personal habits affects others is important to be conscious about.

It is not loving to allow people to drift, while people fall over each other to rescue a stray animal.

Homelessness and loitering depreciates property values, drives away new and current business.

The reality of the term gentrification means a community is in need of regeneration and redemption.

How is such a falling into poverty and disrepair?

Loving others and upholding good laws.

Certain aspects of modern government (and individuals) have already lost their legitimacy and integrity because they live by a different standard than others.

This is where it isn't only the homeless who need redeeming, but several people throughout society's class strata.

The newspapers throughout the world are full of local, city, state and federal government duplicity and impropriety, so those examples could be easily referenced.

In the city I currently reside, the police budget was curtailed years ago, which in turn curtails the new hiring of police and places a strain on the law enforcement effort.

The most dire crimes are immediately dealt with, and since there is less police to deal with all criminal behavior and all calls, the minor or 'petty' crimes fall to less of a priority...and law enforcement begins to fall into private hands (the opposite direction government desires to promote).

This is how societies become so loosened and wayward that law is less obeyed and ignored.

This is yet another factor further flaming the lawlessness found on the streets today, with the homeless falling victim while other homeless people becoming the victimizers and purveyors of lawless activities.

Final thoughts in this Addendum article.

14 August 2017

Redeeming The Homeless Part Three: Government Of, By, For The People

The Solution To Homelessness Is Easy: Let Them Grow Food

Continued from Part Two (Part One).

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. 
- Luke 12: 48b
The contextual message in the latter part of Luke 12 is very important in conceptualizing the great responsibility laid at the feet of those who currently realize an abundance of blessings: to look after their less fortunate brothers and sisters.

This abundance of blessings comes in many forms; time, education, talent, wealth, influence, power, standing, etc..

The modern citizen of the earth should be modeled after a person who considers the least of humanity as both their peer and greater than themselves.

Notice how modern governments are modeled after the concept of self-governance by way of service to others; a graduation from the prior order of worldly kings demanding service from their subjects.

The kings and queens of Today are the greatest servants of their fellow man, while impostors repeat the old manner of life (and reap the old results).

What are the new manners and how can we realize the new results?

We each have a living to work out, from the highest private or public position, to the lowest.

For those who may fall through the cracks of society, these should be treated with utmost care and consideration, much how we would like others to be considerate and caring with us were the roles reversed.

There are times that those who earn their living by market measures need little to no assistance from governments.

Sadly, the government is sometimes used by some people as a means to game the market (and leverage over their fellow man).

Imagine if government was the instrument to protect the vulnerable, instead of running the risk of exploiting them?

Government has been slowly 'evolving' into this instrument, and while some may despise this reality, others cherish this manifestation of love legislated onto the mass consciousness through lawful restrictions.

Some of us have dared to imagine such a novel idea.

Perhaps we had previously assumed this as 'reality' as children, only to see some limits or lesser ideas as adults.

How should government and those who choose to work in government approach their service to the less fortunate?

As a means to forward a career?

Absolutely not.

Rather, government should be a means to volunteer service to those who need it most.

Provide as comfortable a life experience as possible to the broken; the basic requirements humanity long enjoyed and harvested on their own prior to being brought into interdependence and subjective dependence - the city life.

Is taxes (or more taxes) the method to provide better help?

Absolutely not.

The ideas need updating, upgrading and uploading.

An update is education in self-sustenance.

Here is where food production is the key to empowerment and can be reproduced through scale.

A revolution has been realized regarding the idea that space (and much land) is needed to produce food.

An upgrade is how the living space is understood, space being found outside the four walls.

One of the many revolutionary ideas is vertical food production the city.

Another revolutionary concept is the response to overconsumption and consumerism found with the Tiny House movement.

Read about a $1 per square foot rent-to-own program that empowers the poor with the concept of asset ownership.

Smaller spaces means smaller energy consumption and more space for either food production or productivity in general.

The upload is implementing the newer ideas and eliminating the old ideas that have either alienated, stigmatized or humiliated the poor, homeless and broken.

Here is a decent example of a government employee (and government program) that is implementing new ideas of drawing the homeless and encouraging them in the redemption process.

Continued in Part Four.

12 August 2017

Redeeming The Homeless Part Two: The Personal Approach

Allow The Water To Smooth Out The Rocks In Your Life

Continued from Part One.

I'd like to expand in further detail my initial expression to my friend's question about the homeless.

The appropriation of sustainable land is key, or land that can be made sustainable.

Considering the reality that the U.S. (and many other countries) have a mixed economy (both free-market and planned economy), to make plans in order to succeed is key.

Success isn't always measured in monetary ways; income being only a single and sometimes dubious dimension of measuring success.

The effort of proper people management cannot always be argued from a performance-based perspective (how some people ask "does it make money?")

We are dealing with human beings; our very brothers, sisters, cousins and friends.

An easy way to initially approach the homeless issue is to place yourself in their position.

Imagine how YOU would like to be treated, spoken to and helped (or ignored) if you were homeless.

After placing yourself in the place of a homeless person, imagine then someone you dearly love and respect, and they are that homeless person.

Consider how you would speak and treat your dearly loved homeless parent, sibling, close friend, etc..

Would money or your schedule be an issue if it was yourself or your dearly loved one that is homeless?

Would you question the expenses or whether or not the effort to assist and resolve your / their homeless situation would be 'worth it'?

You wouldn't hope money would be put before YOUR wellbeing, and perhaps you wouldn't do such a thing considering that dearly loved person you know.

So why is money and time justified reasons to NOT helping our homeless brothers and sisters?

When I went through my time of struggle in the spiritual desert and was practically homeless, laziness wasn't the issue.

I was broken on the inside.

Our homeless brothers and sisters are also broken in a myriad of ways...and money does not always repair the broken heart and shattered mind.

You can walk around throwing $100.00 bills to every homeless you see, yet I say greater is the impact in that human being when you walk around displaying a smiling face and sharing warm words with them and perhaps a meal or redemptive opportunity.

When looking at our personal and collective resources, it becomes very clear there is a well$pring of opportunity available to help those who most need it.

It is the manner monies are used; the human element, the smile and kind word that accompanies the helping effort.

Besides the humanitarian consideration, it benefits society as a whole to properly assist homeless people.

Read the government results for yourself when people are put before profits and a good government plan is implemented.

Here is a government plan to pre-empt homelessness.

Prevention of crime, ill health, drug abuse, litter and several other negative outcomes are curtailed when people are treated like people and are disallowed to simply drift and be trampled upon by others.

This is where enforcing loitering and vagrant laws can provide positive results...the manner the law is enforced determining the outcome of lawful compliance.

For those who may not be ready to overcome their personal struggles with drugs or other self-inflicted ailments, but desire to instead drift and participate in ulterior methods of survival that are typically illegal or harmful to society, these individuals should be held responsible for their negative impacts and not allowed to be a victim or victimizer of the vulnerable.

In the city where I currently reside, there seems to be more willingness to help the stray dog or cat than help the stray human being.

Animals are easy to care after, people are more involved.

But aren't the rewards exponentially greater with helping people than animals?

Perhaps the effort to help people is easily ignored because the animal does not speak and cannot insult the good effort from the human being.

Yet, if a stray dog or cat does bite or attempt a self-defense response, the human helper may recognize this an act not done in malice but in response to prior hostilities experienced by the stray animal.

Cannot the same logic be applied to the human being when they have a hard time appreciating help from another human being?

As with the selfish and greedy attitudes some individuals have towards the broken humanity found among the homeless population, it is more a self-gratifying effort (again, quite easy) to 'save' the stray animal.

Animals are subject to humans, while humans are our peers.

The helper cannot help but possibly see themselves in those they help...and this provides for a growing and learning experience that too many people are accustomed to avoiding.

People don't want to feel certain things, so they focus on only what feels good and what is easy.

Continued in Part Three.