Homelessness Is Not Hopelessness

What would Mary, the mother of our Lord, do?

It was Monday night during early spring of the year 2017 in a center of our new world.  Stunningly green landscapes drank in spring showers and cool weather-loving poppies promised beautiful flowers.  Climate change had produced an extraordinarily mild winter as evidenced by the enormous sizes of the wild turkeys, rabbits, geese and others, especially for this time of the year.

The priorities are water, food, shelter, clothing and footwear.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:8-10).

The Archangel Michael and I attended a benefit for an organization that helps the people who are so poor that they are homeless and living in the street with nothing to eat.  We watch the homeless population pile up in our streets.  And we watch people avoid them and ignore them and rush past them on their way to work or to dine and entertain and pleasure themselves at fancy restaurants and theaters while dressed to impress in fancy raiment.  So, what should you do when you encounter a homeless person and they ask you for money?  I already calculated that it would take less than a day to give away all the money I have amassed, so I needed another idea.

Even if we would have driven my 2016 Subaru Outback, it could not have stood up to Lexus, Porsche, Infinity, BMW, or Mercedes, let alone the combination thereof, in the parking garage downtown alongside the mighty river.  The 2003 Nissan Sentra Spec V had a nail in the tire, so we took the 2002 Nissan Frontier truck.

It is difficult to describe the abuse I suffer in public.  I guess you have to spend some time with me to really understand.  Apparently, many men find me attractive and, in efforts to get my attention, they tend to be as abusive as possible, and in every way.  When all they have is money, and they realize I am not for sale, it often gets ugly.  When I was a waitress, especially serving cocktails, they grabbed my ass, talked dirty to me, called me names, teased me, tried to pay me for sex, gave me addictive drugs like cocaine and alcohol, waited for me in the parking lot, tried to follow me home, ran me back and forth for every little thing they could think of and disrespected me in every way on every day.  I drank more and more alcohol and smoked more and more cigarettes; we all did.  Men who are chauvinistic and misogynistic want to completely control and dominate women, and they may even mistake such obsession for love.   In the past, I tried to make myself look as plain as possible.  I protected myself with guns and knives.  I learned karate and I even tried to hide.  But I was often raped and I almost died.

So, that Monday night in a center of our new world, I donned a classic little black dress that I bought at Good Will, a used clothing shop, for a few dollars.  By little, I mean short.  The sleeves were long, but still I needed a jacket I bought in Europe around the turn of this millennium.  With the classic sling-back pumps I grabbed off the clearance rack and the fact that I normally do my hair, nails, and makeup myself, I could easily make less than hundreds of dollars look like more than thousands.

When we arrived at the venue, we found staircases flanked by escalators.  We glided up the stairs, catching up to and easily passing those on the neighboring escalator.  My long, strong legs in nude-colored stockings and the shortest dress that was still classy proved too much for the man on the escalator.  The spin around on his heels at the edge of the escalator step concerned us all, and most especially his wife riding the escalator there next to him.  He exclaimed that we were simply fantastic.  I let him know that I was just brushing off a chill I felt due to the damp and cool weather we were having.

Being fantastic means eating right, exercising right, living right.  I am happy to share all my secrets with you, which are not secrets at all!  I am concerned about meeting immediate needs first, which is why I donate infant formula to food banks and money to homeless shelters.  After all, I have been the next step away from homeless during my life and I have endured times where I did not have enough to eat.

How can there be hungry and homeless people in the richest country in the world?

Homelessness is a complex issue that I am going to get to the root of and make very simple for you and everyone.  As you know, poverty, poor health, addiction, mental illness, abuse and children are all involved.

Everyone who believes homeless people are responsible for homelessness should consider that getting to the point of not being able to trust anyone is not something that anybody can do to themselves, especially children.

To really change somebody, you have to love them, the theologian taught us.  What is love?  It is the good intrinsic to love along with the truth intrinsic to faith that constitute the divine nature that emanates from the Lord.  True love comes from the Lord.  Further, wisdom is derived from love.  Self-love, however, is infernal, especially the love of exercising dominion.  And evil is insanity.

In the heart of the heartland are non-believers so rigid in their non-belief that they actually believe themselves to be believers.  But then, isn’t that exactly how the prophecy goes in Revelation?  Sitting in the back of the dark ballroom watching and listening to the theologian present under the limelight at the front of the room was like watching a fellow believer drowning across the sea of non-believers.  Gigantic waves of disbelief pounding him so firmly and decisively into the rock-hard bottom of saturated sand that every last bit of breath was forced out.  And then the gasping, the desperation for air that constitutes a testament of our will to live so strong it simply must provide evidence of how much our Lord loves us each and every one.  I fought back the tears.

The theologian had answers to the hardest questions, such as what to do when you encounter a homeless person face to face and they ask you for money or food or anything.  He gave us tickets to pass out for meals at the homeless shelter he leads.  He preached respect, dignity and love.  He said that 90% of the support for his organization comes from individuals.  But isn’t this why we need to have a government?  And isn’t it taxation without representation when the government taxes the people but does not take care of them?

You could argue that it is the homeless guy’s fault that his father left his family to fend for itself when he and his sibling(s) were young.  You could also blame him that marijuana was readily available to him in the fifth grade and every day afterwards, even though it is supposedly illegal.  You can blame the homeless mother of two for losing her job because Ivanka Trump’s clothing line is manufactured in Indonesia rather than in the USA.  You can even blame the alcoholic for becoming addicted to an addictive substance that is legal, promoted, and even encouraged while marijuana is a controlled substance, wrongly categorized as having a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use along with drugs like heroin, LSD, and ecstasy.  These days, if you want to blame an increasing population of homeless people, you will have to find a way to blame the guy who sustained a career-ending injury, became addicted to prescription painkillers, and ended up homeless.  You would also have to find a way to blame the veterans injured at war and dumped back into a failing, incompetent, and indifferent economy.  And that would be absolutely heartless.

Because it is certainly not the homeless child’s fault that their parents are absent, losers, unfit, addicted, and/or down and out.  And it certainly isn’t the addict’s fault that big pharma lied about painkillers being non-addictive in order to make tens of billions of dollars annually.  And it certainly isn’t the fault of the homeless that the banks illegally took their homes and life savings in the mortgage crisis, or that there aren’t enough jobs, or that there aren’t enough jobs that pay a living wage or that do not require employees to sell their souls or be abused or get hurt.  Indeed, there are even homeless students attempting to attend schools and community colleges.

The competition that capitalism has created in our world has turned everyone against each other.  Passive aggression and abuse have produced an epidemic of social anxiety and depression.  The idiocracy that has emerged by oppression and suppression of meritocracy is spurring an avalanche of PTSD.  The chemicals sprayed on our food and lawns and bodies and added into our foods and beverages are making us sick along with the pollution and trash building up and piling up everywhere.

And that is why the Word says to love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 19:19, for example).

It is through non-merit-seeking acts of charity that faith is built, towards connection to and conjunction with the Lord.  Conjunction with the Lord, salvation, requires acknowledgement of one God and repentance.

I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me (John 14:6).

It is this connection that is so threatened by the non-believers, by the manufactured stress, and by the chemicals we are bombarded with daily.  Most Americans take synthetic chemicals as drugs, rather than taking medical marijuana.  Most Americans slather themselves with chemicals and spray them on, rather than using natural products made with plants.  Most Americans wash and dry their clothes in synthetic chemicals, spray them on their lawns and gardens and in their homes and cars, and they even eat synthetic chemicals in their food and drink, rather than eating whole foods that are organic, natural, and local.

To people who do not cheat on food, those who do cheat on food are obvious.  This is because processed foods contain things like the neurotoxin MSG or monosodium glutamate, usually disguised in the ingredient list as something like “natural flavors” or “hydrolyzed vegetable protein” or “hydrolyzed soy protein.”  High levels of MSG can cause brain fog, migraines, ADD/ADHD, heart palpitations, tremors and many other (obvious) symptoms.  Gums, chemical flavorings, steroids, antibiotics, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, preservatives, hormones, colors, salt, sugar, trans fats and more of the items commonly found in the American food and water supply are proving to cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many more chronic states of unhealthiness reinforced with sedentary lifestyles, spectator sports, and sitting disease.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food, said Hippocrates, the father of medicine.  For the spirit to be healthy, the body must be healthy because the body allows the spirit to lead its life and perform its services in a natural world that is material.  When the body is sick, the spirit cannot do what it is supposed to do and can easily get lost.

From a business perspective, one could argue that all organizations that have served the poor and homeless and addicted are ineffective, since these problems are only on the rise as ever.  Ironically, the ones causing the problems and benefitting therefrom are among the biggest donors because they are among the richest.  How do you think they got so rich?

Philanthropists and Phuckers

Nevertheless, homeless shelters take care of immediate needs while also trying to empower people, so I support them.

The Instructions for Helping to Improve the Human Condition freely available on this website allow us to get to the source of the problem and to help the Lord to execute its will and do good things as if from ourselves.  Yet we remain humble because we have the wisdom to understand that good and truth come from the Lord.

The way to end homelessness and myriad other maladies of society is to remove unnatural hindrances to meritocracy that foster and nurture idiocracy.  If money is power, then the money must be re-distributed more equitably and meritoriously, when the meek shall inherit the earth.

Do what the Lord wants; that is what Mary does.  I love you!

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This picture was drawn by a homeless man about my age who is a victim of Thalidomide.  He uses his foot to draw because neither of his upper limbs was developed enough.

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