It makes perfect sense to me.
It makes perfect sense to me.
But now here's the thing, anyone of "normal" rational thinking that might find themselves unfortunately thrust into the economic nightmare of homelessness & destitution, might do well to observe, maybe even hang out with, some of your more lunacy lackin' folks on the street.
I'm totally & completely serious, if any group of folks show time & time again they instinctively know how to survive by taking advantage of any single scrap of anything that crosses their path, it's them.
I'm thinkin' it might have some reason, at least in part, why some cultures have revered the 'mentally ill', hell some can go on and on past time the ol' Energizer Bunny pukes his mechanical heart out, they just make do, til they don't have to, make do, rinse/repeat-rinse/repeat, it's like, 'a thang', this mental case survival thing, if ya know what I'm sayin'
Yet other cultures would rather ignore ('cause then it goes away silly...goes right to where you work, that is), and yet others, exterminate, and that's an extremely crazy thing, and oddly ironic ain't it?
Well spoken, Dana Jean. A good deed is never wasted; it can be reciprocated in all kinds of ways that we never even know about.
....and the plot thickens...
The barefoot homeless man who received new boots from an NYPD police officer and became an online sensation isn’t actually homeless, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
The man, Jeffrey Hillman, has an apartment in the Bronx paid for through a combination of federal Section 8 rent vouchers and Social Security disability and veterans benefits, officials told the paper. Hillman has continued to panhandle on the streets, however, and reportedly has a history of refusing help from family and the government.
I had one experience where I gave a homeless man a blanket I kept in my car on a really cold night. The next night he was out sleeping on the bench - no blanket.
Well, let me tell you I was really unhappy. But I took time to think about and realized maybe it was stolen or maybe he gave it to someone who needed it more. The truth is, I just don't know, but I think the knee-jerk reaction is to say, "SEE???"
I am mostly sad that the media couldn't have let this part of the story go unannounced so that people don't have fodder to feel this way. It was a great thing that officer did and now people will use it as an excuse not to help.
Someone earlier said (sorry, I forgot who - Spidey, maybe?) that what we may want to do is just do what we can to help and not worry about the outcome. I help because I can't not help. I have way, way too much empathy. It's only by pure luck that I haven't been made homeless in the past. If I choose to help it's because I want to. I can't stop or blame other people because of the choices they make, no matter how frustrating it is. But I do get why people feel this way.
And the plot thickens: