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Neo-Pagan Modern Thoughts On Society

Basically, in 2011, the United States of America gets an “F” in taking care of its citizens. The fall of Rome was precluded by a rise in poverty and hopelessness. Loss of employment. Abuse of religious institutions. Wonton squander of wealth. Elaborate wars that accomplished nothing. Sound familiar? It should. Its us right now.

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Image of a homeless man living in cardboard boxes.We are still the richest country in the world, even with our faltering economy. We have the most advanced Medical Care in the world, even with our horrible health care system. We are the most innovative country in the world, even with our pervasive religious persecution. We are the most educated country in the world, even with our failing schools. So why, oh why, do we have homeless people in our country? Is it a mark of our failure as a society? Is it a foreboding of times to come for us?

In Sacramento, capitol city of California, we have an overabundance of homeless people living on the street. Why? How did these people get here? I know its an ugly subject, and easy to step over and ignore, but let’s look at the reasons some of those people got where they are now:

  • Foreclosures – Some of these people have arrived on the city streets due to the huge number of foreclosures resulting from our failing economy. Bad credit, no money, no home, homeless.
  • Eroding Employment Opportunity – Again, a result of a failing economy. No jobs, equals no money, equals homeless. Throw in the lack of funding we now have for public assistance and you have familial disasters.
  • General Poverty – Even with a bustling economy, some people (12.5% of Americans) face severe poverty every day. They live pay check to pay check. One family illness can force an entire family into the street.
  • Failure of Public Assistance – There have been deep cuts in state budgets across the nation affecting Public Assistance. Less money to the poor and needy means more people forced into the streets with even less hope of survival or making it make into society.
  • Housing – Pure greed has driven the prices of homes and the cost of rentals through the roof across the nation. Few people can afford property nowadays. And the wonderful “trickle down Reaganomics” caused massive casualties to an already teetering on the brink lower class system.
  • Domestic Violence – The sad fact is that the less money you have, the more ways a person looks for escape, including drugs and alcohol abuse. This factor, encourages abuse of spouses or children who are not prepared to survive on their own in the streets.
  • Mental Illness – Another wonderful by-product of the god of Republican presidents, Reagan, the closure and massive cut to Mental Health services everywhere. With no place to go, and severe disorders hampering an ability to work, ill people began to live in the streets on masse.

China has always known that an unproductive citizen contributes to the demise of that country’s economic future. Why can’t we understand that concept? Its not ok, or even acceptable to have homeless people in this country. It is indeed the mark of failure in a society that taxes everyone.

It is also a sign that our religious institutions are failing in their community aid as well. The purpose of religion is to comfort. There are lots of people out there who are seeking comfort, so where are their super heros to the rescue?

Surely, the people who give loose change to the homeless make a difference. Honestly, probably not. Loose change does not equal stable mental health, consolation or a warm shower and fresh change of clothes. Another failed way of giving back.

And our public benefits system has failed. How can homeless people receive ANY benefits when they have no address at all? Failed.

Basically, in 2011, the United States of America gets an “F” in taking care of its citizens. The fall of Rome was precluded by a rise in poverty and hopelessness. Loss of employment. Abuse of religious institutions. Wonton squander of wealth. Elaborate wars that accomplished nothing. Sound familiar? It should. Its us right now.

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