Is homelessness a choice misunderstood by society?

A discussion yesterday came up with my husband whilst we had our usual catch up on how his working shift had been. In his line of work, he deals with all sorts of persons, from all walks of life in general and with varying professionals or skills. I hope he can one day write a book of his travels of the inner city workings of us humans here in London. It would make quite enlightening thesis for those in the sociology sector of academia I suspect. My hubbie was quite saddened by the fact that he was observing the apparent social decline of a young couple. Puzzled as to why these young people seemed to be opting to live a life of being homeless wandererers when they could in his perception be able to attain jobs and a place of board. 

Well, true, there seems to be an increasing population of homeless persons on the streets of London. Most of these persons have psychiatric problems and those who are not usually end up ill both mentally and physically from the conditions of living on the streets having to lug all of their possessions up and down amidst taking turns to snatch sleep in various places not mention having to avoid being exploited.

From homeless persons on the London streets to the street children or persons on the Kampla streets or other city streets around the globe – there is one common theme. Society views such persons as homeless. Yet what if some of these persons chose to live a life of this kind as “a protest” to the alternative which society has defined as being the only way? After all if my take of home is as follows:-

Home is:

My roots
My identity/connection with a home, town, state and country
Family, (deceased and living).
A “safe haven” an escape
A burden
A tie
A place to always come back to
Where I have been happiest and saddest
Where I live, flourish and grow – not the places where I have just existed

So if the idea of ‘home’ represents security and safety for most people, its opposite is homelessness. But, homelessness signifies much more than simply being without physical or emotional refuge. How can we really explore the impact of homelessness unless we understand what home represents to us?  


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