Leopold Street, Sheffield, England - September 30th 2019
"O God, I could be bounded in a nut shell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." - Hamlet Act II scene ii
1 October 2019
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You and I both touched on similar themes tonight. How can this even happen?ReplyDelete
When I visited Santa Monica in 2005, I talked with a Vietnam war veteran pushing a shopping trolley containing all of his worldly goods. It seemed so wrong.Delete
Life is not easy...not easy for many, many people. Nothing should ever be taken for granted...so easily everything can be taken away.ReplyDelete
The true story of the homeless we do not know...and in most instances, will never understand fully, if or when we do learn their true story.
Life is full of sorrow and hardships...it's not all roses and boxes of chocolates.
Every homeless story is different from the next. We just do not know but in my view we should reach out to help them instead of treating them with disdain.Delete
That is so heartrending. There is a lot of suffering in this world, and it's not all in third-world countries by any means.ReplyDelete
There's too much disdain. Too much inhumanity. Shockingly, the homeless are often blamed rather callously for the situations they find themselves in.Delete
Heartbreaking. I always think that being homeless must be so awful, to have no place that you can call your own, to always have to be on the move, to have no safe place.ReplyDelete
I feel the same way Lily.Delete
I can't even begin to understand what it must be like, living like this. My own life is so completely different from this man's (and many, many others like him) that we could just as well be living on different planets.ReplyDelete
Do you have homeless people on the streets of Ludwigsburg...or maybe Stuttgart?Delete
We do. Not as many in LB as in Stuttgart, but even one is one too many.Delete
Back in the 60's there was one beggar that I knew of in Brighton although we called them tramps back then. Now the town is overflowing with them. So sad. I just always think that once they were some mothers little boy or girl and wonder what went wrong in their lives.ReplyDelete
So often it is drugs that drive them to this desperation but like you I often imagine them as children - where they came from, who loved them, where it all went wrong.Delete
Picture and thousands of angry words.ReplyDelete
Even in America - the most powerful country on the planet - people fall off the rails. Is this civilisation?Delete
Pictures like this make me feel guilty for having lived a safe, secure and comfortable life. It could quite easily not have been so.ReplyDelete
There but for the grace of God go any of us.Delete
Very true YP, and we should never forget it.Delete
That's a great picture -- very evocative. You can't help but feel for the guy.ReplyDelete
Thank you Steve. It always feels good when you give one of images a thumbs upDelete
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That's just incredibly sad. The empty Starbucks cup in front of him is especially poignant.ReplyDelete
I spotted that too Jennifer. Starbucks - a multi-national profit machine and that penniless man reduced to begging in a doorway. The contrast is stark.Delete
Try as I might I cannot remember people sleeping on the streets when I was a child or even a young man. I do remember the occasional tramp living rough in North Wales. My Mum often spoke to one particular one and his lifestyle was definitely a matter of choice. He was a remarkably learned man. The first place I really became aware of beggars on the street was in Edinburgh in the early '70s. Now they are everywhere. I'm told there is even a homeless person in Stornoway although we dedicated 'homeless' accommodation. Coping with people living on the streets is one of the hardest 'social' things with which my mind attempts.ReplyDelete
In our Sheffield suburb we never saw any beggars for the first twenty years. Now they are a daily feature.Delete
Such an evocative picture, it tells of such sadness. We are not socially taking care of our fellow human beings so enthralled are we with other matters. The fact that homeless people die on the streets as yesterday's news shows should be a wake-up call but it won't. More housing is needed.ReplyDelete
I heard that news item too Thelma. I don't see The New Buddha addressing the issue with much "vigour and vim" in the land of milk and honey beyond Brexit.Delete