Yep, I thought it was safe to come back. We just finished up prepping the house for sale. Took a few fights but we got there after a marathon last minute work session. In that regard, I feel like the weight of a literal galaxy has been lifted from my shoulders too. I think the THREE hours of sleep I finally got last night were better than any eight hours of “sleep” in the last 7 years.
I try to come back to WordPress to play catch up on the well over 200 notifications I have, and I stumble across a reblog dripping with venomous (and quite imaginary) moral superiority and utter contempt for people who have anything negative to say regarding the homeless, drug addicted or mentally ill.
Before I go any further, I should point out that *I* have extensive and very real experience here (unlike the person reblogged). I’ve also gone on record right here in this blog taking a very balanced view of the situation.
Yes, I had a little fun with the first post title, but it was inspired by just this kind of ignorant hate. What this child doesn’t realize, but the reblogger should have, is that attacking people for having a different view only tells them that you’re unreasonable, care nothing for their experiences and that they should cling to their view tighter and consider you hostile.
That REALLY makes the world a better place, doesn’t it?? Complain about hate, judgment and divisiveness and presume to fix them by adding to them.
It also leads to compassion burnout when the average person is told over and over again that they’re filth for not making themselves impoverished to deal with whatever cause.
I saw… or heard… this for the first time back in the early 1990s. I used to listen to the Neal Boortz radio show out of Atlanta GA. Neal made a ton of sense at times, and just seemed to be a complete ass at others. One of his most infamous rants back in the day was when he declared himself “Sick to damned death of the poor”.
LONG explanation for it short, the tirade that followed was all about people like this blogger passing judgment and hating on him for what he’d worked his ass off to earn. He even went on to say that he thought society should make sure they had some sort of roof over their head and not starve, but he was sick of being beat up over them.
I didn’t get it then. I still think his language was overly inflammatory also. I get it now though. Every time I turn around, I’m being accused of being a racist, a genocidal nut (because I own a gun), an intolerant hate monger, selfish and uncaring.
In the mean time, I’m dealing with my car being broken into and vandalized, attempted home robberies, destruction of our front lawn and sprinkler system, sabotaging the camera system we had to put in to slow all of the above down, AND several near assaults and one actual assault that I blogged about.
Funny thing too… I didn’t shoot the homeless guy that assaulted me. I didn’t even bring my gun outside because that’s illegal in California (home defense only). Hell I barely fought back physically and tried to escape instead. But *I* am the problem and a genocidal nut.
You wonder where the “kiss my ass” attitude comes from with people that are fed up? There’s your answer.
It’s the same reason Trump got elected too. The mainstream got tired of being villainized for playing by society’s rules and decided to fight venom with venom. Looks what it’s reduced the country to also. Politics is completely disgusting anymore, and the Democrats are every bit as much to blame as Trump.
These oh so enlightened people like to mock the Bible, but if there was ever a piece of wisdom they should live by it’s “Remove the beam from your own eye before criticizing someone else for the speck in their eye” Paraphrased, but point made.
You want to change the world? Start by changing yourself. Obama’s best line ever was “Be the change you want to see in others”. The only way to truly change anyone is to improve yourself, set aside your own biases and then try to understand where that other person is coming from. Then work with them for change that benefits everyone.
I’ve put forth solutions in my earlier linked blog posts. I’ve ALSO called for increased accountability regarding existing programs that deal with these issues. There’s waste and graft galore. I’ve said we should help people get on their feet. I’ve said people need to get treatment. I’ve also said we need to hold the remaining percentage of the homeless responsible for their actions and demand that they play by society’s rules.
So yes, I’ve talked the talk and walked the walk. Unlike many of the shrill voices, I have first hand knowledge too. I was even homeless twice, but never for long.