Gregory Harvey's Blog
Thursday, February 3, 2005
Shattered Dreams and Idiots
My school used to run this big brekky program where we went into the city and cooked food for the street folk there every tuesday morning. Eventually the school cut the funding for it but some nice rich person opted to provide the cash. So I've been doing it over the holidays as well, whenever I can. I basically spend the morning talking to these people, listening to their stories.
So then, the other day, one of my rich friends suggests (while I was spouting about the evils of free trade) that the only reason homeless people become homeless is because they want too. No, seriously, he thought that. But that was okay, I thought he was just a selfish freak.
But then I was talking to another guy, and he was of the same opinion. And then this girl, was also of the same opinion. Then I realized a lot of people were of the same opinion. They seem to think that it is possible for anyone on the street to lift their act, and be living a normal life within a month.
Bad news, they can't. Most of these people are severely troubled souls. Their dreams and hopes have been shattered. Their dignity destroyed. They don't need a bed to sleep in. They don't need food to eat. They need someone to talk to.
And why do people ignore them and think that street folk are only there because they're lazy? Because if they think that then they remove themselves of any guilt, just saying that the problem can solve itself and thereby it is none of their concern.
There are a few morals I'd like to hand to you, I'll leave it to you to judge their worth;
1. Every dollar you earn is a dollar someone else doesn't get the chance too. Remember that.
2. There is more to life than economics. An economist cannot solve the world's problems.
3. Existence is pointless, but that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed.
Posted by Gregory Harvey 2005-02-03 02:21:59
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Late night walking.
I went for a walk, alone, in the dark, a few nights ago. That's okay though, there's only four hundred in people in my town so I'm not getting mugged anytime soon. I noticed while I was wondering that I was the only one outside, in the cool, midnight breeze. It was quite fun actually. So the next night I decided to take the camera. And the night after that I also took a camera. And now I have this incredible volume of images of the town around one-two o'clock in the morning. And then I realized something, I'm probably the only person that will ever get to see, and experience the town like that.
All I'm saying is that, instead of sitting in home day after day after day. Or doing the same routine, day after day after day, shouldn't the goal of life be to experience as many different forms of it as possible, from watching the footy to walking around at one in the morning.
Oh, and city people. Please don't go walking at one in the morning. You'll probably get killed or arrested or something.
Posted by Gregory Harvey 2005-02-01 05:42:19