Max’s Journal 6/6/2014

From two years ago:


By Max R. Weller

Humans of New York Facebook post:


“I’d say 20 percent of the people sleeping at my shelter want to improve their condition, and become self-supporting. Another 30 percent are mentally unstable. And it seems the other 50 percent have just grown comfortable with being taken care of, and don’t have any plans beyond smoking or drinking. It’s this last 50 percent that make it so difficult for the 20 percent of us who really want to change our lives. But they actually motivate me. Because I never want to be like them.”

The Homeless Philosopher has often said that the homeless shelter/services industry operates with this unspoken and unwritten creed: More Homeless People = More Money. Naturally, the so-called private nonprofits and government agencies alike (which employ an army of workers all across America) have neither the incentive nor the desire to help the homeless become independent. Quite the…

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