Santa Maria Sun / Letter To The Editor
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 51
Avoiding helping the homeless is its own form of lazinessSanta Maria
Do homeless people choose to be that way?
A recent letter claims most are (“A lot of homeless people choose to be that way,” Feb. 14). I’m responding in memory of my friend.
People with brains that function well do have choices. But those who were subjected to abuse or toxic environments in their formative years may not. A developing brain that is starved for support may not learn to distinguish between positive choices and escape mechanisms. Eventually it becomes a medical issue, where logical choices are no longer an option. Recovery, for some, seems more like a return to their past, which may be intolerable for them.
Emotional pain can sway an otherwise honorable person away from good choices. It’s tempting to condemn them as lazy or just “bad blood.” But when you do that, you are a party to their downfall, making you as “useless” as you see them to be. Any one of them could have been someone close to you. Why would you turn your back on anyone like this?
So I wonder what the point was in the letter. Lazy people are just lazy? Disgusting drug addicts are just disgusting? This thinking isn’t any deeper than the street person’s. I don’t advocate giving money directly to a panhandler, because it’s not the way a decent society should handle their situation. But what do we do for the emotionally ill, the unemployable? Avoiding this because some are opportunists is its own form of laziness. We’d better get our priorities as a society straightened out, because claiming the homeless choose their lives makes all of us their abusers.
Pismo Preserve is in the bag Five Cal Poly athletes are officially charged and appear in court After 37 years of operation, the De Groot Nursing Home for Children could be shuttered by state regulators Cougars & Mustangs Find out which local City Council meetings run the longest, the shortest, and why it matters Community Health Centers of the Central Coast is facing two sexual harassment lawsuits from former employees Morro Bay city councilmembers voted to approve a contract for a new city manager