This is the answer, in my opinion. A definitive measure of our capacity for empathy and loving kindness is found in the way we treat the homeless, the poor, and the mentally ill.
The Canadian city featured in the video below has housed all their citizens.
I worked for a harm reduction program in San Francisco in which no one was required to be off illegal drugs nor were they required to be on psych drugs (the drugs of the state which were often held over the heads of those who don’t want to take them as reason to not give housing) … The program brought down emergency hospitalizations by huge numbers by giving people one of their very most basic needs…a roof over their heads…I’m a believer in non-coercive loving care. Give people what they really need and they’ll figure out the rest.
The program I worked for wasn’t a flawless program, but I was on site 8 hours a day and folks were able to come to me if and when they wanted. No coercive requirements or expectations. The philosophy of the…
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