There are 90 000 homeless people on the streets of LA; that’s enough to fill the biggest sports stadiums in the world. In the past I have often thought that they ended up on the street through bad choices etc. Maybe so… but I’ve done some pretty silly things in my life too. A comment that I often hear from people about this issue is… “most of them have a mental illness.”
Again this maybe true but if you put me on the streets in a dangerous big city, without food or money I’d probably develop a mental illness too.
Talking about the homeless often makes people feel uncomfortable but that’s okay because that discomfort is really just a symptom of wishing that this problem didn’t exist and what could be wrong with that?
I sometimes imagine that this problem could be drastically reduced if every person SIMPLY said hello to every homeless comrade they passed on their way to work.