Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The silent, invisible and forgotten 105,000

Abraham Maslow (1908-70) was an US psychologist [1]. He’s best known for his Hierarchy of Needs [2]. Maslow’s Hierarchy’s usually depicted as a pyramid, with the more basic needs lower – and broader. According to which version of the pyramid you look at, shelter’s in the lowest level (i.e. physiological needs) or the one above (i.e. security needs). It matters not – because either way, shelter’s a basic human need. Yet the dreadful fact is that 1 in 200 Australians is homeless, i.e. a total of 105,000 of us are homeless on any given night [3]. What a staggering fact. It’s a statistic I’m ashamed of. My nation’s wealthy – blessed with untold mineral and other wealth. Yet we can’t provide one of the most basic human needs to all Australians. The governments of this country have all but abdicated their responsibility to remedy this disgrace. Sadly it’s been left to NGOs headed by Homelessness Australia [4]. As good intentioned as these NGOs are, they don’t have the resources to accomplish the job. Make no mistake: the needed resources are massive. But they should be mobilised. And our parliaments should do it – on a bipartisan basis. But the homeless have received nary a mention in the current election campaign. For, I reckon, homelessness isn’t a sexy topic. But I’d gladly pay more tax to help provide shelter for all 105,000 homeless fellow Australians. Oh, and by the way, 2-8 August is National Homeless Persons’ Week [5]. Ho hum.

3 comments:

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

WE have the same disgraceful problem here, I think you are the only other person besides Sel that I have heard say I would rather pay more taxes than be aware that people are homeless. I agree of couse; idiots building themselves bigger and bigger houses because they have to use all the money they have. Ther is only one really successful god...mammon...I am very partial to Maslow's pyramid.
We now have two computers again so I will blog again....

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

I don't know how you do it but you almost always check my blog site as I am writing it, or this is what I find when I go to yours after I finish writing mine. Also I had missed your Sunday post just went to it and saw you wrote about learning Latin, too funny because I wrote about learning Latin today, most of which I have forgotten.
Found a new could be very interesting blog, I have added it to my blog list.

farmdoc said...

Oh it must be a case of 'great minds think alike', Chrows25.