I went on San Francisco’s 311 app for the first time yesterday to report a giant pile of trash that’s been accumulating over the last few days on our block. I thought the app was supposed to make it easy to connect to you various city services...
It’s just cruel behavior. For some reason, many people seem unable to imagine being homeless and unwilling to demand and pay for the social services necessary to solve the problem.
Dehumanization through careerism and consumerism, the carrot. This is sad. I supposed eventually we'll be hearing about "useless mouths" that shouldn't be fed once the harvests start going south.
Americans are among the people of the Earth most inclined to fascism and cruelty despite all the pretty little lies we tell ourselves.
While it is cruel and wrong, a lot of these mean people might’ve grown tired of local government’s inability to provide the homeless with more shelters, showers, foodbanks and jobs. Given how much money is getting paid in taxes specifically in San Francisco each year, and how much land there is in Bay Area, Marin, and beyond to do so. There’s an unfortunate giant gap between having a comfortable life in SF (the one where one can afford to have washer and dryer in unit that don’t ruin clothes entirely), and the one where people are forced to survive on the streets. First one also implies workaholism and permanent exhaustion because life-work balance in SF is more of a fictional creature. Having lived in SF both before starting a family and after, I can partially understand where people submitting those pictures are coming from. Waking up in the middle of the night weekly or daily (depends on how close you’re to Downtown and bridges) to someone’s drug-infused screams outside is not quite a reality one wishes for their kids.