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People call illusion reality, and refute the real as illusion.


Barriers to Success in Social Order

Privilege

So, people hate and fear the underprivileged. Why is that? We instinctively greet any evidence of sickness, weakness or disturbance with a very visceral disgust.

I don’t think people necessarily fear the underprivileged. They fear criminals. For example, the Amish are not wealthy, but no one fears them. The Amish maintain a self sustained economy for the most part so are outliers.

They are hard workers and don’t depend on anyone else.

In my experience as a homeless individual, without exception, anyone I stood too close to reacted as if I might be a threat, a criminal. They acted like I might mug them or otherwise molest them. Why is that you think?

I fear anyone I hear walking behind me until I get a look at them.

It could have been because you were male. Perhaps a girl would have gained more sympathy. For some reason, I think single guys are more likely to rob me then the granny out for a walk with her terrier.

We spend all our time and effort keeping our wealth from them so it becomes automatic?

I found the same reaction to females. I became unusually popular among the homeless community because I have a strange compulsion to be helpful. I made efforts to help others in my situation solve their problems, find resources that they didn’t understand were available, or even just navigate social misunderstandings. Having a gift for words has a strange paradoxical power. It confuses people to see this stinking dirty homeless man talking in an intelligent and sober fashion.

Yes, people judge us on how well we are groomed.

Why do we fear the ones who talk to the lamp posts more than the ones who can speak to people?

More than how well we communicate and behave, the only thing my communications skills could do was make people pause. They still ultimately reacted negatively.

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So who is deserving of what again? I promise you that an ebonics speaking drug pusher on the street corner is much more clever than you in some ways

Everyone deserves equal opportunity to basic necessities. I fully agree. What are those basic necessities? Are they just food, water, and shelter?

Opportunity to contribute should be a basic need.

I agree too, but why does society not allow it? Society does indeed forbid it.¬†Having lived in conditions that were just above a homeless shelter, and also having lived in a homeless shelter, you come to understand quite quickly that you are to be a good pet of the state or you will quickly be turned back out in the wild, or even violently punished as the cops won’t hesitate to do if they think you are suspicious. Weird counts as suspicious.

And yet if you went into the wilderness and lived the same way, you would be camping.¬†No, you would be squatting. That’s what the city would call it.

I feel lucky that I was in the Boy Scouts and learned how to start a fire and build a lean-to. Ah, start a fire and you will be confronted, build a lean-to and it will be torn down.

I meant in the wilderness. You won’t find much that anyone considers wilderness, and you have to have purchased a permit to be considered to have legitimate business there. Park Rangers and Cops destroy shelters there as well. If you don’t have money you don’t have legitimate business anywhere.

It’s all owned.

I still find it hilarious that the government can shut down forests.

I dream of living off the grid.

Yes, border guards can turn you away for not having money. The only reason I could immigrate to Canada was my wife’s sponsorship, and even that only worked because the she had money.

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Yes, putting monetary barriers to success is definitely not fair.

I heard that Hong Kong grew so quickly because anyone could start a business so easily, with no red tape just set up your stand and start selling your wares.

If you collect stuff they accuse you of stealing it, and stands get torn down. You have no licence. I couldn’t sell you some acorns I found. I would be taken in by the cops. I couldn’t sell you drinking water I gathered, again it’s illegal.

So who deserves what again? Who earned what? How did they do it? Are we all socially equal? Why aren’t we all socially equal?

Nope, apes are not ever going to be equal. We need an alpha to look up to.

Money.

People will not allow it.

There are indeed barriers to success in many places. Barriers to success in any place. I have seen no exceptions. Any marginalized group will encounter the same barriers no matter where they go or what they do. As very clever and well educated as my wife, she encountered barriers in her career as an engineer where rules and expectations are dominated by men. It was good that she was as comfortable socially as she is with men, but that still didn’t remove the barrier. It just eased the strain some.

Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive
~science,mysticism,spirituality~

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