Utah Decreases Homelessness by 78%!
As Yoda might put it, awesome this does sound. Kudos to Utah for providing this option!
Most of you don’t know that a billion years ago, I was “concrete camping” (my euphemism for homeless) in the streets, parks and squats of SF, Berkeley, Oakland and Santa Cruz. This did not have to be the case as I did have the privilege of having parents that would have reluctantly taken me in and I also had the capacity to physically, mentally, and emotionally, function in a society. So why was I homeless?
My choice was based on the simple belief that humans should have the right to exist without any restrictions other than what nature provides. I believed (and still do) that what was here before us is the birth right of all creatures great and small and things like the land, water, and air should not be considered to be controlled by an entity or concept of any sort. Doing so, forces an individual (mammal or otherwise) into a system that will inevitably, at best, restrict, detach, and distract from the quality of life. At worst, it can and does oppress, enslave, and kill. Not to mention that land, water, and air get fucked in the process.
As it stands now, if a human (and this is becoming more and more true for other creatures as well) wants to exercise this inherent right to the planet, they have to either move to a place that removes them from their kind (think tundra) or they have to break at least one law that lands them in a cage or in a coffin.
So while I truly believe the program put into motion in Utah is a great thing and way better than other control based alternatives, I also think that a physical place (like the bulb) set aside for all creatures to do whatever the fuck they want is a must for those that do not want to join the system. That would be the least afforded.
As a side note, we humans should not choose to think that the homeless are a problem when the real problem is actually fear of the homeless.