2012 December 02 Sunday
Barefoot Homeless NYC Man Barefoot Again
A rookie cop was photographed buying expensive boots and socks for a homeless guy in NYC. Many people sobbed and said awe and gosh and got chocked up about it and congratulated the cop. Not so fast. Homeless is as homeless does.
“Those shoes are hidden. They are worth a lot of money,” Mr. Hillman said in an interview on Broadway in the 70s. “I could lose my life.”
Those $120 shoes are too dangerous to be seen in.
He just wants a piece of pie and all he got was world fame.
“I was put on YouTube, I was put on everything without permission. What do I get?” he said. “This went around the world, and I want a piece of the pie.”
A lot of people are helping other people in order in the mistaken delusion that they are doing something more than making themselves feel good and making others admire them.
Reality is so much worse than the fantasies we all inhabit. We evolved by a process of selective death by disease, hunger, and death from human and animal predators. Those who survived long enough to leave children created the new human designs while other less capable designs died sooner. Much pain and suffering were key to how this process worked. This process eventually produced ancestors who were smart enough to make inventions and industry. Now as a result of all those inventions evolutionary pressures have reversed and we are dumbing down. This is happening while we live beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. We need to accept what evolution has done to us and is doing to us if we are to have any chance of steering away from the direction we are currently headed.
By Randall Parker at 2012 December 02 07:49 PM
It turns out he's not even homeless.
"[Hillman] used to be homeless, but has had an apartment in the Bronx secured by Veterans Affairs since 2009. He does have stable housing."
"I understand why it could be frustrating for New Yorkers," he continues. "They see a person in this situation and they think no one has been helping. Outreach teams continue to try to work with him, but he has a history of turning down services." Hillman's rent is paid via a lifetime voucher for homeless veterans and his Social Security; officials confirm he still lives in the apartment."
As always, one of the first principles of enlightened thought is "Never bet against HBD" (human biodiversity).
People who cost society more than they contribute need better natures, not the simpleton's solution of "They must need free shoes."
Can we have forward evolution without the pain and suffering? I really doubt it... people are too full of themselves, intoxicated by their delusions of being "good."
I've been told that the idea of food aid for starving third-worlders being conditional upon them taking some form of birth control is "evil," when a policy of feeding people without any restrictions on their ability to reproduce causes much more suffering. They call such a plan racist and tantamount to genocide... The same people who say that, say that genome sequencing is evil as well, going so far as to say "I just don't want to know if I or my child have a debilitating illness." I guess that would take the fun out of it eh?
Accepting the truth of the world entails acknowledging a lot of ugly stuff about yourself, and in a society that seems to be held together entirely by a sense of shared righteousness that's an impossibility. We are children playing with forces that can wipe us out in an instant. Responsibility is an anathema.
For the most part, poverty is a choice.
"For the most part, poverty is a choice."
With all due respect, but this is one of the dumbest and most insluting statements I've ever read around here. So, according to Mike poor people are poor because they like to be poor. I'm assuming kids who were born in ghettos and then grow up in ghettos and then continue to live in ghettos do so because of choice, don't they Mike?
Children, women and men who are starving in Africa, Asia and Latin America do so because they chose to, right Mike? Poor American elderly who little by little are pushed out of society and their former life of dignity are so happy to be poor, aren't they Mike?
You must be the kind of darling that shouts "get a job" to the poor homeless man or lady you see on city downtowns. Go and tell all those families living in tent cities that they are doing so because they love to live like that, huh.
"For the most part, poverty is a choice." What an insult, and by the way one or two around here have already been warned about posting insults, Mike.
If he had an apartment in the Bronx, why be outside in the winter barefoot in Manhattan? To make money begging, which in turn can be used for booze and drugs. The extra money earned from being barefoot in winter is worth it.
This is why we need higher alcohol taxes. An extra $5 per 750ml bottle of spirits won't even be noticed by middle class people buying a $25 bottle of Jack D or Jose Cuervo once a month, but it will put a big dent in the drinking of these bums who beg to buy a $6 bottle of Popov vodka every day.
Also, in the spirit of the rest of the post, regressive taxes on the very poor are eugenic. The problem with the GOP is that it only wants to cut taxes on the 1%, who are already plenty able financially to have kids. Meanwhile the GOP is talking about dumping the extremely eugenic mortgage interest deduction, which helps the 20% afford bigger houses for more kids in order to preserve the lower rates on the 1%. The deduction is also nationalist, since it only benefits those who pay income taxes, not those who cheat who are disproportistely immigrant business owners.
Check it out: Like a typical lying liberal, you've distorted my words. There's a BIG difference between CHOOSING to be poor and LIKING to be poor. I'm sure that most people would LIKE to be rich while working little. However, most people must make a choice: work hard and make money or work little and make much less. In the US, virtually anyone has the opportunity to start with nothing and make a fortune. Why do you think illegal immigrants from Mexico risk so much to get here? I have many friends from Mexico and other countries who arrived here penniless and are now millionaires. Of course there are many folks who never make it because they CHOOSE to not make the necessary effort and many of them (it sounds like you fit the bill) will find something or someone to blame for their misfortune rather than taking responsibility for their CHOICES.
Check it Out said at December 4, 2012 2:58 PM:
There are no poor in the US, you stupid fuck.
No Mike. You posted "For the most part, poverty is a choice." Read your own words a few posts up.... Sorry, but I happen to agree with Check It Out on the fact that poverty is not by choice and saying that it is could be insulting. Besides I don't know what's all your noise about Mexican and immigrants. You probably have your posts -like your words- mixed up. This post is mainly about homelessness and human evolution. Nobody here -nor even Check It Out- has brought up the topic on illegal immigration, except you. Stay focused; say what you mean and mean what you say, and it would be a good idea to read your words again before you submit them.
"Like a typical lying liberal, you've distorted my words."
I have distorted nothing. The only thing distorted around here is your perception of reality. You typed "For the most part, poverty is a choice." Are these not YOUR words? "For the most part, poverty is a choice." I'm quoting you Mike. I'm quoting you.
How is it that I've distorted your words? I'm only reacting to them, can't you see the difference? I usually react to what I think is insulting, or bullshit, so I've reacted to your words because they actually ARE insulting. Take responsibility, will you.
Besides, what is the supposed "lying" in my previous post that you are dully tryting to make believe? Don't get me started Mikey. Being as dumb as you are is only YOUR choice.
Soleman - are you really that obtuse? Many immigrants come to the US with NOTHING and yet they are able to EARN a living and many become very prosperous - because they CHOOSE to work hard rather than blame something or someone else for their problems. Try to focus. PS I'm sure your local junior college has a class in reading comprehension that would benefit you.
Check It Out - If you can't or won't see the difference between liking something in an absolute sense and choosing A over B because one "likes" A relative to B (even though he dislikes A and B in an absolute sense), you're really lost...or just lying.
As for poverty being a choice - and that choice being rewarded by the liberals - please read Randall's recent post on parents removing their kids from literacy classes in order to keep their welfare checks coming in. They chose to be "poor" - or at least to be unproductive - because the combination of NOT WORKING plus a GOVERNMENT CHECK is more appealing to them than WORKING plus MONEY THEY ACTUALLY EARN, even if they might earn more money actually doing something.