Quoting Elovetta (Aura&Luna):" Guess im scrooge here but when I usually see them, especially around here with all the job openings, ... [snip!] ... and made a bunch of money off of people. and it really pisses me off when they have their kid next to them helping them do it.."
it is frustrating to see people who are dishonest but I try not to let those examples cloud my mind and prevent me from caring about others.
The large majority of homeless people are suffering from mental illness that is so bad that it affects their ability to be functional, productive, working members of society. There are many factors that play a role in where they've ended up and how they got there and I try to always keep that in mind and remind myself that I've been very fortunate in my life. I haven't been dealt the hand they have and while I may have chosen a different path had I been given the same circumstances, I still am in no place to hold harsh judgements regarding the choices they have made. IDK, maybe I'm too soft but I don't think so. I recognize the fact that alot of these people probably have made some piss poor choices in their lives (be it drugs, alcohol, etc..) but that doesn't take away from the fact that they are still human beings and deserve to be treated as such. That doesn't mean I believe they should receive handout after handout but as I said, many of these people are severely mentally ill and I believe that at least in the United States, our mental health system and the resources available are seriously lacking. Maybe if we had a better system and more resources available to these people, we would see a better outcome in society in general. There is an awful stigma attached to mental illness and because "they" appear to be "normal" and display behaviors that are not socially acceptable, it is hard for people to view them as sick and in need of help. It is much easier for us to say "go get a job" or to think that if they would just quit being so weird or "crazy" them maybe they could get a job. It's much easier said than done.
with that said, I do understand where you're coming from when you speak about people who stand outside with a sign just trying to make a quick buck, especially when those people really aren't in need and may actually even have a job, a car, a house etc......but I think those people are actually few and far between. When I give someone money, I remember that I've made the decision to give money to someone I perceive as being in need. It is not up to me at that point to dictate how they should spend that $5 I just gave them. If they spend it on beer, so be it....that's on them, but that doesn't change the fact that I was attempting to do something kind for a fellow human being and that's what matters to me
didn't mean to get all carried away there