Society, the Homeless and Bleach

 [Thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]          

Certainty precludes certainty.  [Synopsis of Heisenberg’s principle of uncertainty]

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. [Robert Heinlein]

The realm of the possible is infinity; the realm of the likely is confined to pre-existing conditions. [Sha’Tara]

Become a believer and you no longer have to be an achiever.  Become an achiever and you no longer need to be a believer. [Y-Lea]

Love is a feeling.  Like all feelings it is an effect requiring a cause; is short-lived, easily perverted and burns itself out as emotion. [Erin WilloWitch]

Corollary: If it is true that “God is love” we have the answer to the toughest question regarding God: The Great Silence.  As “love,” God is an effect, not a cause.  The effect was experienced when nature required its presence as creator, mover, judge and ruler.  Man has arrogated divine prerogatives in all these areas thus annulling the God effect.  Strictly speaking, “God” has become an idol for those who need to believe in something greater and external to themselves, external to human powers, external to nature and the human mind, external to everything they can conceive.  Now ask yourself: Is it any wonder no one can agree on what “God” really is?  Who could ever agree on what’s external to “me”?

I woke up angry this morning.  Good angry.  Dreams can do that.  They can toss you around, flip you, leave you begging for mercy.  Dreams can be terrible reflections in the mirror of the mind.  What brought on the anger?  The growing “problem” of homelessness in this burgeoning and mushrooming area.  The growth boom is attracting many people to Canada’s concentrated, cooler, wetter, socially dysfunctional version of California.  As always, a growing society also grows social “problems.”  That’s how it is.  Gradually, a population boom leads to overpopulation.  But it’s a  comfortable disease, one that kills the body in time but for the moment brings many benefits — or should I say gratification — at least for those who hope to profit by it. 

Human society has always been a sick animal.  A mindless predator that feeds on parts of itself for its own survival.  It’s the nature of the beast and nothing any dis-empowered individual can do about it.  Since it’s made up of individuals, individuals provide society’s fodder. Society is cannibalistic (it can also go ballistic, but that’s another topic.).  So in a greedy and narcissistic aspect of society you end up with those elites who are served and those teeming numbers who serve them body and soul because they don’t know any better than to stand in front of the steam roller when it comes to town. 

Enter the homeless.  Which are they?  Interesting question.  At first glance they appear to be victims of society.  A deeper look says, “No, they are not victims.  They are that ugly image of what a selfish and self-centered society portrays to itself in its mirror.”  Metaphorically they represent a cancerous zit showing through society’s cheap make-up.

The real victims of society are those who are truly helpless, sucked dry to serve the higher needs.  The sick who become the guinea pigs for the medical “profession” and legal drug lords.  The part-time, less than minimum wage drones in the fields of dollar store commodities, shoes and clothes, fast foods, accommodation, travel and the vast network of the underpaid so-called service industry.  The expendable and starving poor, those who happen to subsist on lands that contain resources the greedy desire.  These are the real victims of society, the slaves and martyrs who make society “viable” for those on the higher rungs of the ladder.  This is a real societal problem and for this there is a very simple solution available.

But homelessness, the kind we see in the affluent society, is different.  It has no apparent solution because it’s not actually a problem per se.  Homelessness results from society looking at itself in the mirror.  When you look at yourself in the mirror and you don’t like what you see, the solution does not lie (!) in the mirror.  Nothing you do with, or to, the mirror, will change that.  The “solution” lies with you.  If you cannot do anything about the way you look, then maybe it’s better not to look in a mirror.  Turn it to the wall, break it, remove it.  Whatever.  What confronts you in the mirror is not a problem, it’s an image. It is you who is the problem.  

It’s easy to look at a negative situation and label it a problem.  Once that’s done, society can create another bureaucracy to look into the problem, and another to solve the problem.  Enter a new government department.  Enter the “benevolent” organization.  Enter another curse upon society, another tax burden.  And who notices that as the costs of government and benevolent societies mount, so does the so-called “problem” these were set-up to resolve?

Were I installed as dictator tomorrow and the problem of homelessness brought to my attention, I would, as absolute ruler of said society, dictate the immediate round-up of the homeless to be forced into shelters (using currently vacant buildings with proper heat and sanitary facilities installed.)  I would dictate that they be fed properly and given necessary clothing, etc.  Then I would dictate that since society is looking after them, their time belongs to society.  They live by rules as applying to everyone else, and they are put to work in areas now lacking workers due to lack of funds.  Case closed.  The  problem is not solved since it wasn’t a problem, but the situation is resolved.  And I don’t want to hear about this again.  Next?

As an individual, which thankfully I am, and not as dictator, I have a solution to the situation of homelessness.  Since it is a mirror image of a selfish and decadent society, let’s change what is being reflected, not the reflection.  Let’s deal with the real problem, not the symptom. Let’s change “us” as individuals.  Let’s turn from our narcissism and selfishness, our sickening greed, and teach ourselves to look at our neighbor with compassion. 

Lets no longer accept that “God’s in his heaven, the CEO in his penthouse, the bankster on the phone with the CEO, the President robbing the poor to pay the rich, and all’s well with the world.”  The self-centeredness creating that ugly image in the mirror has to go.  We want beauty to reflect back to us, so let’s become beautiful, in our hearts and minds.  The rest will take care of itself.

It only seems impossible because it hasn’t been done.  Let’s move from the realm of the “likely” into the realm of the possible.  By doing it.  Now.  If we become achievers, we won’t have to be believers.  Another relief.  Another burden removed from society as a whole.

Speaking of God, a downtown church’s billboard proudly announces that God is like bleach because he removes the toughest stains.  Which tells us that God has a name: Javex.  Makes sense, that being the Modern Greek translation for the old Israelite name of Jehovah.  I have used a lot of God in my bathroom and laundry over the years without ever realizing we were so close.  

17 thoughts on “Society, the Homeless and Bleach

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Receipt of message acknowledged. Being forwarded to intelligence headquarters for decryption. Hold your current position and stand-by. Out.


  1. franklparker

    Another brilliant analysis. You just reinvented the Victorian workhouse. I recommend this book: As it says in the conclusion, nothing has changed, nothing will change without a radical rethink of our politics.


  2. George F.

    “they don’t know any better than to stand in front of the steam roller when it comes to town…” Not only will they refuse to get out of the way, they will continue to vote for said steamroller…


  3. Sha'Tara Post author

    Sad, isn’t it. That is why I have, do, and will continue, to explore that programming thing and hopefully come up with a viable solution. If we can break out of our programming, we can then see our way out of that which is currently destroying us, our planet, our very humanity.


    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Ahhhh…! And thank you, Rosaliene. When the Teachers were explaining the necessity of observation to attain higher “enlightenment,” they said, don’t use any preconceived notions, nor wishful thinking. We want to see a microscope and a scalpel in your hands.


  4. Woebegone but Hopeful

    Since History suggests that our forms of government, administration, trade always seem to end up weighing down on the weakest, the best option for the individual is to indulge in supporting their weaker colleagues.
    As infrastructures are essentially impersonal and uncaring the indivual is therefore called to this guerrilla warfare which refuses to acknowledge the way of the infrastructures as being the true way.
    Whereas this does not lead to their downfall is does undermine their attempts to impose false sense morals.
    It may not be much, but it’s often the best we’ve got.


  5. Sha'Tara Post author

    Exactly… so well put. The problem today, based on your observation, I would say is that not enough of us are engaged in that guerrilla warfare against the Matrix. It bought our allegiance with cheap, made in sweat-shops, baubles. It destroys the planet and fights endless wars for the raw materials needed to make the baubles, then it takes the effluent from the baubles and poisons the rest of the world with it. Gandhi had a very good description of the kind of guerrilla you talk about: Satyagraha. Non violent, non cooperation. Imagine (in shades of John Lennon here) the constant dripping of non-participation of seven billion people acting, not consciously in unison, but from an innate sense of right versus wrong. Then yes, that would defeat the Matrix, and it would empower us. Imagine having the kind of freedom that allows one to go to a total stranger on the street and say, “I love you…” and the stranger responding, “I know, and I love you also.” That would create an instant human bond. Why don’t we do that? Because we are afraid. Who’s afraid? The slave is afraid of the master.


  6. goroyboy

    I loved the circling back to the reflection/mirror metaphor Sha’Tara. Truly enjoyed it.
    ‘Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.’-Gibran


    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      My apologies for that. You have to be careful with that bleach! Take two aspirins with a large glass of filtered water and sleep it off.



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