Yeah, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to relaunch my other business. I have no money and my health issue is making me almost too sick to work. It’s also too much BS to deal with retail customers even when I’m feeling good, and with my health issue it makes it nearly impossible to stay focused. I’m so tired all the time, pure exhaustion. Everything hurts. I’m in massive pain all the time. Dizzy, blurred vision, ringing in my ears, high blood pressure, nausea, pain, and it’s just getting worse.
I’m miserable and it’s affecting my work and ability to make a living. I’m about to lose everything. Literally. I’ve got no money left, my car insurance is cancelling tonight, my cell phone is going to be shut off, electricity is about to be shut off, internet is getting turned off, no gas money and I’m going to be evicted if I don’t get $300 by Friday. It will take about $1800 just to get me out of this hole, and that doesn’t count food. I have to eat. So. There it is. I’ve pushed it as far as I can. Not sure how I can get out of this hole.
I’m going further and further into debt each month by about $2500 in interest on about $200k in personal medical debt. I can’t really deal with this level of stress every single day. That could be what’s contributing to my health issue. I’m seriously at a loss right now as to what to do. The crushing weight of the debt on top of the health issue and not being able to work through the pain to pull myself out of the hole. I can’t work a job right now because I don’t have the strength and health to work it, but I need money to survive.
But I’m not special….
My story is just one of hundreds of millions of other human beings in similar circumstances all over the world.
The world is a bad place when you literally need money to live. In the old days you could find a piece of land, build a cabin, live off the land, work the land, grow your own food, raise your own livestock for food and generate your own water…and now even solar power.
Now though it takes money. There are so many rules in place it forces you to work a job to pay into a system that will chew you up and spit you out the moment your usefulness is used up.
The system doesn’t give a shit about you or me. We’re all just cogs in the wheel. Human slaves to the system that uses us up and throws us away when it’s done with us. It literally takes money to survive. In the old days you didn’t really need much if any money at all. Just work. You found a piece of land and built your homestead. Nowadays though you need money or you are homeless and you starve. Sure there are social programs, and a little bit of a safety net, but it’s inadequate, it’s not enough. It’s wrong to treat people that way. It’s wrong to let people get devoured by the beast that is the system.
There are 3 things that people need. Shelter, water and food. Those 3 things are in abundance, yet without them you die. Those are the 3 pillars of survival. Of life. Of humanity.
The other survival rule of 3 is this:
“You can survive three minutes of severe bleeding, without breathable air (unconsciousness generally occurs), or in icy water.
You can survive three hours in a harsh environment (extreme heat or cold).
You can survive three days without drinkable water.
You can survive three weeks without edible food.”
When you break it down to survival, money equals survival. Without money you can’t survive in the civilized world. Think about that for a second.
You will literally die without money if you cannot find shelter, food, and water to drink.
- Money = Survival
- Money = Life
Since when does money equal life?
Since when does it take money to survive? Since when is that ok?
When did we as a society decide that it’s acceptable to let people die if they do not have money. If you are unable to work, unable to pay the bills, unable to get shelter, water and food you will die.
Where did our humanity go? Where did our compassion and empathy go? When did we lose our humanity?
How is it ok to allow 3.5 million people to go homeless in the wealthiest nation the world has ever seen? How is it ok to allow children to go hungry? How is it ok to refuse to give proper medical care to those sick and injured people who need it? How is it ok that giant corporations are allowed to charge so much for healthcare, and lifesaving drugs and then kick people to the curb when they can’t pay? How is it ok to kick people out of hospitals and dump them on the street to die? How is it ok to destroy someone’s ability to get a home or transportation because they can’t afford the cost of the medical bills when they get sick? How is it ok for doctors to refuse to heal the sick and injured?
How is any of this ok? Where in the world is our humanity?
I can’t deal with this kind of egregious inhumane treatment of fellow human beings anymore. It’s wrong. Something must be done to stop it.
It’s not about giving people a hand out either. Too many people in the system think it’s wrong to help people and they look at it as enabling laziness. They literally believe that if you help people you’re somehow responsible for causing laziness. How messed up is that?
Just help people! It’s really that simple. Stop making excuses and HELP PEOPLE!
With the continued automation of blue collar jobs there will be an increase of unemployment over the coming decade and this will put exponentially more stress on an already strained system. People will suffer and people will die from lack of access to the basic needs of life. Hunger will increase, homelessness will increase all caused by lack of employment and lack of access to proper healthcare. People will die. Children will die.
That is unacceptable. It’s inhumane. It’s wrong.
How do we fix this? How do we fix the problem without contributing to it? How do we convince the people who are against welfare that it’s ok to help people? How do we convince them that it’s ok to give people a helping hand, and that it’s not enabling them? And that even if it does enable a few, it helps the many!
How do we educate them and convince them that the right thing to do is help our fellow human beings?
We must do something. We cannot let this happen anymore. There are too many people struggling. There are too many people suffering. The inequality and disparity and poverty needs to be stopped. We need to stop it.
I’m not sure the current system can be fixed. I think we must create a new system that makes the old one obsolete.
Bucky Fuller said it best and he was right.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller
He’s right. We need a new, New Deal. FDR put forth a New Deal and it worked. It pulled us out of the Great Depression. We’re headed for a new Great Depression greater than anything the world has ever seen if we don’t do something to stop the egregious disparity and growing inequality that is infecting our country and the world.
We need the Second Bill of Rights that FDR proposed or something like it that provides for all Americans.
“…During Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the US Congress on the State of the Union, he said the following:
It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.
As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
- The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
- The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
- The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
- The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
- The right of every family to a decent home;
- The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
- The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
- The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world….”
There it is in black and white. The roadmap is there. It’s already been written. We just need to implement it. We just need to do it!
We need to help our fellow Americans. We need to help our fellow human beings. If we don’t help each other then we lose the very thing that makes us human.
If we don’t help our fellow human beings, we will lose our humanity.