Complainers

Being homeless is a very difficult way to live, and complainers only make things worse for the homeless. Let me tell you about this one guy in particular.

He runs an athletic club, they are very popular here in southern California.  But this guy bought property just two blocks away from a homeless service provider that is very popular with the homeless.  This service provider offers everything from mail service to shower facilities, and other things that no one else offers the homeless, (and that’s a problem unto itself).  The property this guy bought was relatively cheap because of it’s proximity to the homeless service provider.  And that was his main reason for buying the property – it was cheap.  Yet, since moving in, he’s done little more than complain about the homeless in the area and is pressing the city to do something, namely, finding a way to move the homeless out of the area.  The issues he talks about are actually pretty minimal, but he complains about them as if the world is coming to an end, (a common trait of complainers.)  And any negative thing that happens in his neighborhood, he attributes to the homeless, even if he really doesn’t know who the culprit was.

In a recent FB page on homelessness in San Diego, he complained about independent groups that come to his neighborhood to feed the homeless. He said that these feedings often cause an issue with litter – and he had photos for proof.  The thing is, looking at the photos objectively, one would think it a minor issue.  More recently, someone broke a large glass window in the front of his place.  His place has a lot of valuable equipment in it, and though he offered no proof as to who did it, he claimed it was done by some drunk.  The following is what I wrote in response to his complaints.

Lets be clear about a few things. Sorry about your window, but it wasn’t as if all 900 homeless people in downtown had a vote and decided to vandalize your place. Like you said, it was some asshole. One asshole. Lets find that asshole and arrest it and get it off the streets, because I guarantee, if he’s making life hell for you, he’s making life hell for all the other homeless too. Another thing, I am one of the homeless who sleeps on the sidewalks of East Village. I am quiet and courteous, and I obey the law. Just like most other homeless people, I don’t shit or piss in public but use what facilities are available. I do, though, see a lot of humans with pets that shit and piss so much as they walk the streets that they are killing the trees and other plants that line the streets. Of course that’s ok. Just don’t let a human do that, right? The true culprits of crimes in East Village, are all the people with homes who party it up downtown, get stinking drunk, and then, as they wander back to their cars, cause all sorts of mayhem. They pick fights with other people from the clubs, they pick fights with the homeless who are only trying to sleep. They do damage to vehicles parked on the streets, they tag buildings with graffiti. And at least once a week, these assholes with homes will attempt to assault or harass me while I sleep. They kick at my tent, or try to pull it completely over. They threaten to kick my ass, they threaten to kill me. They say I’m living the ‘good life” because I have a tent to sleep in, even though my tent is on the sidewalk. There is no “fun” being homeless, only suffering. If you want homelessness to end like I do, you’ll have to do what’s necessary to end the suffering.

This paragraph is just about the Internet in general.
The age of the computer has brought us many new wonderful things, most notably, the Internet.  And this age of the Internet has brought us many new wonderful things as well.  In the past two decades humans have been irrevocably changed because of it.  We live differently, we act differently, and we have developed completely new perspectives on life and everything in it.  Sadly, not every change has been positive.  The internet has also heralded in the age of the complainer.  With it’s combination of quick expression via chat options, and with it’s built in anonymity, people feel freer than ever to speak what’s on their mind.  There is potential for a person to publish every single thought they have.  Yet, not every thought a person has is positive, and for some, they rarely have a positive thought.  Griping and complaining are no longer occasional events but have changed, due to the internet, into  common events, often dominating conversations.  Those who excel at complaining have actually been able to make careers with it.  Complainers have become a source of entertainment, from blogs, to television talk hosts who have been strongly influenced by the internet.  Complaining has never occupied such a large part of who we are.  For so many of us, complaining is not longer an option, but an obligation.  Whatever leaves us unsatisfied, we feel we must complaint about it.  Even to the point of complaining about complainers.

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About Kevin Barbieux

I have been diagnosed as being chronically homeless. I write about my experiences and opinions of being homeless
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