Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Place for Someone to Sleep, or Die, with Dignity

This article in Time ought to shame us all. Not only because the franchise in America most likely don't follow the humanitarian example demonstrated in Hong Kong, but because we do so little here, as well as for the rest of the world, about chronic homelessness. And make no mistake, as the oceans rise; as income gaps become more pronounced, and inclusive, the number of homeless will increase ever more rapidly.

Affordable housing, living wages, and other such initiatives are important responses in the near term, but long term they are unlikely to meet the need. The problem is business as usual itself, and the fact that a cost based economy values only the counters that net the holders of same at the bottom line. An effort based economy would value each and every participant because the number, and quality of participants, would be critical on how everything a city state needed would be built or maintained.

I can only hope that each and every one of you out there will begin to seriously consider the need for fundamental change in how we maintain civil society.

Two men sleep with their belongings at night in a 24-hour McDonald’s branch in Hong Kong on Oct. 29, 201.

Meet the ‘McRefugees’ Living and Dying in Hong Kong’s 24-Hour McDonald’s