It’s a crazy world. As Lily Tomlin once quipped, “No matter how cynical you become, its never enough to keep up.” Refuges are key to keeping your sanity.
Luckily, there are places that seem to be relatively buffered by the modern world, and require little or no money to use. In some places, however, these modern refuges can become (logically) attractions for the homeless. Public libraries, beaches, and parks can be refuges, but when homeless populations rise, these places may not work as their intended respite from modern life for all parties. Modern libraries, being climate controlled, quiet places in cities face the brunt of this, and library staff have to learn how to handle these situations. In a rich suburb, you may not see homeless in the library, or in a park; in denser cities, it is almost the norm.
Making it tough/illegal for people to exist outside the work-home-car iron triangle (not being able to park a camper on the street in many jurisdictions, for example), the skewing of the economy to the rich, the closing of mental health facilities; there are a range of reasons why people become homeless.
Usually, home is one’s primary refuge, no matter how small. But without a home, refuge is tough to come by. Without refuge, the world can be a scary place, and that alone can drive you further and further into difficulties.
- What is your low-to-no-cost modern refuge?
- If you became homeless, what would be your refuge?
- How do we make more refuges for people? Can we do it without breaking the bank?
- Will overpopulation, public debt, and environmental destruction be the end of our public refuges?