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  •  Some of us would like enough.... (6+ / 0-)

    Everything I own fits in the passenger seat of a 20-year-old rattle trap compact car.

    Currently I use someone else's computer or the one at the library. I missed out on getting a job two years ago because I didn't have frequent access to email or a phone. I've had trouble keeping a set of decent looking clothes to apply for work.

    I have gone hungry. I have walked the 6 or 7 miles to the nearest free food pantry on the day they give out food when I have no transportation. My car is leaking coolant now and I don't know how or when I'll be able to fix it.

    I have been jobless and frequently homeless for over two years. I know I am very lucky that I have a place to stay - for now. I'm staying in a vacation home in the off-season. If it rents, I may have to vacate immediately. Ironically I have a place to stay BECAUSE the economy is so bad.

    I have spent at least five months living in my car or a small tent in the last two years.


    So your whole diary appears as just so much mental masturbation to those of us who go without all the time.

    Because I don't know if you have the foggiest idea what the millions of desperately poor people in this country are really going through every single day.

    •  Blessings to you. I hope things get better soon. (3+ / 0-)
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      "It's not enough to be right. You still have to use your nice voice." -said by my then six-year-old daughter; "Love binds us all."-willb48

      by be the change you seek on Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 11:22:03 PM PDT

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    •  Agree. (1+ / 0-)
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      Carbunkle Rugburn

      The "What shall I do with my stuff," thing is sort of

      Today there are more and more people who do without as
      a matter of necessity.

      So, all you folks with too much stuff, give it away to
      someone who needs it.

      Back a truck up to your local charity and do someone a favor while you are simplifying your life.

    •  I think that we're making some of the same points (1+ / 0-)
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      My point was not "oh woe is me what do I do with all this stuff" (though I did make that point in what I thought was a kind of tongue in cheek way).  My point was in large part that I had all this stuff laying around and you're right--some of it COULD be used by others who needed it more than I did.  So why was it just laying there in my apartment?

      And as other people have made clear, I'm nowhere near the top end of hoarders and collectors and possessors of stuff in this country today.  There are plenty of people who have EVEN MORE stuff they don't need or even want.  So why don't we do a better job spreading out those things to the people who do desperately need them?

      No, I don't know what it's like to be hungry each day.  But I know there are people who are shivering in the cold while I have sweatshirts in my closet I haven't worn in years.  And that's part of what I want to bring up and discuss.  What leads not only me but so many others to have this huge excess of stuff while others go without?  I just donated as much as I could but in reality I probably wouldn't have without the force of external circumstances.  What can we do to make it so that more people give away their unneeded things to those who need them on a regular basis?  That's the question I'm asking, and I'm not sure a market economy has the answers.  A market economy tends to tell you to hold onto things until you can get a decent price for them.  

      "What is essential is invisible to the eye."

      by greywolfe359 on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 02:20:03 AM PDT

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    •  Hope things will improve for you (0+ / 0-)

      No one should have to go through what you're going through.  Shame on this country.  And the MOST shame on the capitalist fat cats that laid everyone off,  caused all the bubbles, and outsourced all the jobs.

      I hope you can find a job and a permanent place to live soon.  

      Yes, I'm het, but I'm NOT a Mad Hetter!

      by Diana in NoVa on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 06:41:03 AM PDT

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