As you are aware of today’s norm of expanding poverty in first world countries (such as the U.S., Briton and France) having a world completely void of homelessness, may provide just as much surprise if it were ever a reality.
Just as you may wonder to yourself: “What would my life be like if I were to win the lottery?” Or perhaps: “What would my life be like if I were the C.E.O of a major corporation? In this reverie, you marvel at the improvements in the quality of your personal life, and possibly the life of your family. I (Brian Berger) find myself in wonder, and hopes of grandeur, certainly at the problems that would be solved if either of these two circumstances were to take place. Another intervening thought, in my day to day life, is that of a world where another problem, a homely, disturbing social (and economic) issue: Homelessness, is effectively taken seriously, such that it is reduced heavily. From this thought arises another question: Is a world without any poverty an effective utopia?
Just as it is hard to imagine a world without homelessness, it is also difficult to picture one without the presence of the upper-middle classes, as well as the highly elite: those at the top of capitalisms pyramid. Interestingly, if the world were to be vacant of homeless individuals, there would no need for interpersonal charity, nor would charity organizations need to exist. Therefore, it would be incorrect to label individuals as stingy (although greed would still manage to exist) because no individuals would go hungry; assuming this fantasy world would only include members of the middle class, upper-middle class, and the highly elite.
What social standards would need to exist for the world to be completely absent of homelessness (Eschewing the fantastical world mentioned prior)? Primarily, a collaboration of efforts, both within and alongside separate communities. It’s best to imagine that the towns in which these communities exist can act similar to tribes; There can still be communities that make attempts at civilization (and are able to mostly appear as such) while small businesses must be present. However for this project to work, corporations must be excluded. The reason for this, is because corporations play factor in creating conditions that highly increase the probability of homelessness among society’s inhabitants. Walmart, Home Depot and Best Buy (this list is not exhaustive) are specific examples of corporations, which, on the surface may seem harmless, however by making grand efforts to buy plots of land which have not yet been claimed by other small businesses (or other corporations), these corporations make the possibility for any smaller business(es) to thrive extremely challenging.
These small communities, in which corporations are not permitted, would also require strong regulations on population control. Currently, The People’s Republic of China hosts a one child-per-family policy.* The limits for this hypothetical group of communities ought to permit a limit of: Two children.
Not only would these societies form economic policies, as well as set population standards, but education would be a highly placed communal value. Education should be diverse, as well as always up for debate, however the existence of sexual education would have to be mandatory and teenage pregnancy would have to remain a serious taboo (it has become more normative than it ought to be especially in First World Countries). The aforementioned are living conditions that not all may agree with, however these conditions make chances of a well-functioning society* (especially one where homelessness is a difficult life status to arrive at) much more plausible.
One question which does not necessarily require an answer, but much cogitation is: Do you (the reader) wish for a world absent of all homelessness? A vast reduction is surely a hope, (at least by the values that lie within HumansAreWe) but would a world without any trace of said evil be desirable? Let’s say the answer to the question is: No; a world without any evidence of homelessness is not desirable. The reason for this answer, as blunt and unfortunate as it is, is because the world needs to be layered with a certain percentage of homelessness; to balance the scale of societal function.
Speaking in terms of a world post-2008 (when the most recent economic crash occurred), the questions that ought to be asked are: How can homelessness be prevented? For individuals who are already homeless: How can the horrors of homelessness be subsided? The answer to both of these questions (in simple form) is: By incorporating realistic solutions (such as a couple of the ones proposed earlier in this blog) as opposed to current solutions, which, in truth, rob uneducated individuals of time, self-worth, and income (of the little that is received by them).
If we as a society are to live in a miasma with multiple sources of wickedness, there ought to be methods in which the effects of that wickedness (from wherever it arises) can be alleviated.
*The People’s Republic of China hosts a one child-per-family policy. By law, girl babies are to be given up for adoption.