iougod wrote: "I don't know their stories of why or how they became homeless and I don't really care. The point is this.....I hurt for anyone who is living without shelter from the cold and rain."
Your problem is that you refuse to face reality. Try and confront the world as an adult, try and understand your own psychology, and that of others. You will be better off for it.
You "hurt" because you do not understand the real world, and you feel guilty over something that is not your fault. Yours is a common psychopathology, but do not despair, for today is your lucky day. I'm going to give you some quick therapy--and it's for free. Now, sit down and listen closely:
People living in the woods do so primarily for a couple of reasons. First, they do not want to work, and know they can count on folks like you to take care of them. If they were interested in bettering themselves, they would.
Now, you most likely think you are doing these people a favor, and you probably believe you are actually helping them. But you are quite mistaken, In fine, you are just subsidizing their regressive vagrant life style. You may even think they appreciate your charity, but inside they only have contempt for you. How could they not? They are playing you, and using you. What is worse is that you are deluding yourself. One word of caution: if you are a woman, and if you persist with this ill advised behavior, be careful you do not go into the woods alone. You may end up as the subject of a news article, yourself.
Also, many are alcoholics who refuse to take responsibility for their actions. They will, however, take what you give them and, if it is enough, buy drink. So, any cash you offer up is likely used to sustain an addiction. In effect, you are an accessory in enabling.
In spite of what others may tell you, or what you might think, you will not change their ways. As difficult as it is for you to believe, they are content with their lot in life, more or less.
On the other hand, you have an opportunity to change your life, and your understanding of human nature. But first you must put away your mistaken guilt. It does not become you, and makes you easy prey for humans who, frankly, do not deserve your kindness. I know my words seem harsh, but after years of experience and reflection I am convinced of the truth of what I write.
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#23 Jan 9, 2012
Why did you stop wasting your time on this crap and help someone?
#24 Dec 30, 2012
The lack of social services in Central and Northern Florida is really appalling. The median income in this area is below $30,000 a year for a family of four. Health care is available at emergency rooms, which is the most expensive option and ends up costing Florida tax-payers way more than providing care at local clinics. Florida refused to assist in setting up the Affordable Health Care Act, so the Federal government will do it. People in Florida continue to vote Republican, yet the Southern states use a disporportionate amount of Federal aide- more than the so-called Blue States. The myth of the rugged individual is a lie. We are a better society for helping the less fortunate
#25 Jul 20, 2013
I wish Florida would go away. Orlando only has Disneyworld, a big eyesore.
There's Hemingway's home. What else has Florida got? Saw it off and let it float in the ocean.
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