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Modern social structures don't really have a solution to homelessness. Ultimately all the programs to help get people off the streets rely on our ability to befriend those who haven't been able to cope with the world. Mental illness, addiction, even thievery (in most cases) are rooted in the instituitionalized practice and conditioning of social isolation into every aspect of our lives.
We've relegated the work of homeless outreach to "social workers" , as if common people have nothing to offer one another. This is our social dysfunction, and I've grown weary of the heartless, cavalier attitudes of the privileged.
I'm not saying everyone has to take in a homeless person, but I am suggesting that we need to honestly observe how we perpetuate the social isolation in our daily lives, how we label the unfortunate as "worthless", and blatantly discriminate against poverty and the poor in our midst.
Work toward changing your priorities to reveal the ways you could offer compassionate action and rebuild human dignity into every day's work and deeds.
posted 2 years, 3 months ago
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