I've really been thinking about homeless and hungry people ever since I came back from Paris. Cos when I combine homeless and hungry with freegan ideas. I don't understand why homeless and hungry people have an issue.
This got me thinking. What is the problem? Many of us would think that poorer people have a lower education level. Generally this is co-related.
Education being well defined structured learning in a typical school system. Primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Yes. I agree education is a good way to get people out of the poverty cycle. It equips people with skills so that they can contribute to society and earn a living. But it is a long drawn out process.
Then I thought. But all they need for the time being is food to eat and a place to stay and maybe a toilet to bathe.
And I know where to get all these for free.
Meaning... Their problem is a lack of knowledge. With the knowledge of where to get their basic necessities, they could then focus on how to get out of their poverty cycle.
Education is still important. Knowledge and education does not need to be mutually exclusive. If poor homeless people learn to be freegan, they can then move on to the next stage of getting out of the poverty cycle.
Once again. I'm not necessarily talking about dumpster diving. I was talking to my wife about finding free food. And her first comment was that she imagines freegans to be kneeling over the prayer offerings by the side of the road and eating them.
And my explanation to her is that, she thinks this way due to a lack of knowledge. Many of the freegans who are full time freegans eat in very respectable manners. Good free food and in large quantities. It's not always scraps. The point is, they know where to find it.
They know where to find shower facilities and a fairly safe place to sleep for the night. They know how to find clothes, etc. Although most of them aren't homeless, IF they were to be homeless, they would have no problems meeting their family necessities.
And this got me thinking a lot. Knowledge is essentially free. But it's not reaching the people who need such knowledge. People don't need to starve. Don't need to be out in the cold. Don't need to be dirty or smelly. And yet... This is the problem that is happening.
And it's totally baffling and yet interesting.
Cos I think about a time... In the past. Or maybe in the future. Or maybe during a zombie apocalypse. And it's essentially the same thing.
When we were humans living in the wilderness, education is worthless. Or in a dystopian future where maybe life is like the "hunger games" education might not be as useful as other skills and knowledge. Or many other times in human history where knowledge is actually more useful than a formal education.
Of course education and finding a good job is still important in our current society. But on top of that, I think other skills and knowledge is just as important or even more important, and yet many of us don't have these additional knowledge.
Even I never knew. In a post long long ago. "What if I woke up from my dream", I thought that I would sell tissues to make a living if I suddenly lost my assets. But now, I think differently. There are easier and better ways to earn and save to get back on my feet if I needed to start again.
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