Home is…..

Yesterday I put up a canvas picture in my office. The picture was a painting of a triangle demonstrating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. If you read previous posts you know that I am a big fan of this hierarchy. It seems that when the needs are meet this truly does make people happy and content.

I like public parks always have I think they are an idea third space. The parks are a third space for me however for some of the less fortunate than myself public parks have become their home. The parks serve as homes unless you are in the city I live in. The city I live in enforces the very unconstitutional no loitering law. I guess the constitutionality of a no loitering law maybe debatable however it is definitely an immoral and unjust law. Here is a pretty good review on why the no loitering law is unconstitutional.

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The pillar of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is water, sleep, shelter, clothes and air. The people who have made the park their home and are being kicked out are not even getting the pillar of their needs meet!

In the United States we use capitalism to judge peoples worth and place in society and right to live. If you have enough capital you can live wherever you want and do whatever you want basically (even if you have broken laws you can pay lawyers and judges to make the consequences less sever for you or even go away).

The amount of capital that someone has is a bad way to divide up resources as basic water, sleep, shelter, clothes and air. Just because you have more access to money does not mean you deserve more of anything than anyone else. Honestly if everyone got what they truly deserved we would all be in a big world of trouble.

A society that forces a person to earn their needs through work that has nothing to do with those needs is broken and misguided. Today lets challenge ourselves and see a future that does not measure a persons worth with dollars.

Get out of town

Get out of town! No seriously you really should get out of town of course this travel should be done as safely as possible with the current pandemic still raging. Get the vaccination and booster prior to traveling and when in a crowd wear that mask.

Travel brings with it perspective and education. Every group has a culture that is part of that places and persons identity. It is perspective and education that bring unity and compassion along with understanding.

When we get out of town we learn that the world is big and small at the same time. People who look and speak differently than us still have the same primary concerns. No matter who or where you are Maslovs hierarchy of needs seems to be the goal. How we meet those needs can differ wildly and that is where it can be interesting and educational.

I live in a pretty warm climate, I rarely break out a sweater or jacket, I used to live in a more severe climate and would be often seen wearing a sweater and jacket.

I have lived and worked on US military installations and security was present and not uncommon, I have also lived in areas where the security presence was almost non existent and was on the periphery. Security was handled through trust and was reactionary.

In the Steve Jobs biography there is some detail about the time Jobs spent living on a commune picking Apples. Commune living is attractive to some for various reasons I have never lived this way however the strong family bonds are quite attractive.

Different areas of the world honor different people for various accomplishments. Some rural places award livestock raised by farmers and produce grown by farmers. Other communities give out awards for running or cutting down trees the fastest.

It is through meeting all our needs that we learn who we truly are and chances are high that not all our needs will be meet with the perspective and education that comes from only having seen or experienced one group of people.

The world is roughly 24, 901 miles wide (circumference at the equator) it is large and chances are high that you will through travel find people and places that help you meet your needs or better yet through travel you can help others meet their needs!

Get out of town!! Do it today and do it safely