It made me realise, mental health professionals in their clinical environment, can remove emotions and deal with vile, disgusting people, in certain ways. Which is appropriate for that client. And they choose to see that as empathy for the abusive client.But, this becomes a big issue for the victims, when this lack of emotion, and seeing vile, disgusting people, who have caused such profound and intentional harm, spoken of in a ‘clinical’ way, is also displayed to the victims. (Or they harp on about compassion for abusive people, which is even worse). The victims need validation of the vileness and need normal emotions shown, not some emotional devoid attitude, about something so profound and so life impacting, and painful.
Sunday Night I attended at the Community Kitchen, Melbourne City Square in a more Official Capacity than usual. I had spent a few days before hanging around the edges, blending in and observing from a distance that which had been going on there.
The site of the Community Kitchen, has for many years now provided meals not just to the homeless but to all those that needed assistance. Young Back Packers that, running out of funds and unable to legally work, living on the edges until somehow families and friends could raise funds to bring them home to England, France and other places. Confused men from South East Asia, speaking little English but attracted by the ‘Family Feeling ‘and the hot food. Then of course the ever growing number of homeless that fill the streets of Melbourne and try and find refuge and safety sleeping in the Shop Fronts under lights, Alleys and anywhere else. Some sleeping rough around the Rebecca Park Area and under the old Bridge and Arches, others sleeping in what is now remembered as the site where Wayne Mouse Perry was murdered. I remember Wayne , I remember speaking with his family after the Murder and above all , I remember the sense of loss they felt when he died and the growing anger as Wayne was portrayed as a no more than a ‘Homeless Person ‘ and legal argument took place over the sentence that would fit the crime . The much younger offender coming from a ‘Good Background ‘, drug affected. I have no doubt that both Wayne and his killer were in essence Victims of a failed system. There are many reasons why young people are driven to use Drugs; there are also many reasons for people to be driven into Homelessness.
There I was, Sunday Night, with the people that I have come to know over many years. There were new faces also, one young man from the United Kingdom who was here waiting to go home but had no money. His one practical solution was to sell his body for testing as a Volunteer in a Medical Experiment that would provide over 4000 Dollars and get him home. He did not want to break any laws; he wanted family and a loving hand.
One of the older members of the Community initially launched an attack against me, which Lisa Petersen quickly de-escalated. It turned out that he had forgotten who I was for the moment and thinking that I belonged to one of the Major Fund Raising Faith Groups operating in Melbourne, he went ballistic.
“You do not talk for me, how dare you! How dare you come here and quote the Lords words and the Bible at me. You and your lot should stop serving the Principalities of Men and start standing with your Brothers. You, Father, do you know what Matthew meant? Why do your lot and I mean the Council of Churches sit on its Hands and do nothing? I do not want my words hijacked by any one; I do not want political factions here selling their rubbish. You, Father, what you are going to do about the divisive way that our Lords Message is being spread. How many different Churches did Christ ask for …..?”And he quoted John and Matthew as if an inspired theological thinker .
I sat there humbled by a Man that had fallen through the cracks for years, case managed at times in Supported Accommodation that was questionable and leaving him with little cash just to feel human. Seriously, who does not enjoy the ability to buy a cup of coffee? To buy a little something extra to eat.
Further up the Street a young man and his pregnant partner were bedding down for the Night. He recognized me and told me about his latest misfortune with one of the ‘Housing Providers’. He was in tears as he talked, he never asked me for a cent but wanted to vent his fears, anger and frustration. Those interested in social engineering might be fascinated with this young man’s life story and the litany of failures that occurred to get him here, to Swanston Street on a Sunday Night.
“Thank you Father, I know you understand! “As I continued on through the CBD.
I could go on for hours about the stories that make up the lives of the Homeless surviving in the Melbourne CBD and the Suburbs, the hidden tragedies, the ones that will die. The updates concerning others, the references to young women turned prostitutes to pay for a Nights Roof.
Yesterday I picked up one of the major Melbourne News Papers that has been playing the agenda leading and homelessness debate for about a week now. There was nothing of interest regarding the events and stories taking place right next to the Melbourne Town Hall and even less about that which occurred anywhere else in Melbourne unless it could be milked for a sick headline.
Right in the Middle of the News Paper was an insert from a Major Faith Based Charity –
You’re young. Alone. No Money .Nowhere to go. What would you do?
Help End Homelessness Now – 3 Ways you can help end Youth Homelessness and a list of what Donations are suggested.
“Change a life, before it becomes a life time. Help END homelessness now “
Yes, I cannot fault that at all. There is a lot of ‘truth’ in that glossy campaign leaflets.
To me it is time to get back to basics, time to re-build Communities and Community Spirit. It is time to invest real money into local Community Projects rather than funding some ‘Bums on Seats ‘Campaign off shore. Time for Churches to look to their own areas rather than abroad. Many times local Communities suffer in silence whilst Churches have no idea about the pain that is flowing through their own Community.
The Church could again be the corner stone of the Community, a place that welcomes one and all no matter what their background. Open to all and providing Community based programs that have a positive impact, not just pew numbers. Churches that are aware what issues are impacting on their Communities, to go Public and Advocate. Churches responsible and mature enough to stand up when facing inequality and Churches willing to Change Social wrongs in Consultation with their Communities!
Isaiah 1:37 Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the Widow’s cause,
There are so many more examples for those that claim to be inspired by their Bible Readings, but a Bible is just a book unless it is infused with the spirit that connects us all
Romans 12:15-18 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in Harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
There is little I can add, those interested should speak with the Experts in the Field . Later that night is hid in a Coffee Shop for a quick cuppa and a break. A young man was busking on the Pavement and he sang the now well-known version of Hallelujah ( https://youtu.be/WIF4_Sm-rgQ )
I sat there in the dark and I cried like a Child, disgusted with the antics played for Money and Political Gains. AK
Food for thought ……
Look, you may already be across this but for various reasons I’ve only just caught up. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull actually proposed that the states take on the entire responsibility for funding public schools, while Turnbull’s own government, proposing nary a cent to the project of educating children who don’t attend private schools, is happy to continue its excessive fiscal support of educational privilege.
Aside: It’s usually against my personal code of not wasting time with click bait to read, let alone link to Mamamia, however I like to think I’m big enough to overlook that code under exceptional circumstances so I did.
I cannot see any sense, decency, respect, care or concern for the country’s future in such a move. It is pure ideology. It comes a mere two weeks or so after the appointment of new Liberal Senator James Paterson, who declared that public school kids lack…
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NONE of this was done without the knowledge and at least tacit approval of those representing the Secular State . We do not need to be saved from the Shepherds, for we are not sheep.
Worth reading !
“The Evangelical “brand” has gone from being an asset to a liability, and it is helpful to understand the transition in precisely those terms.”
Back before 9/11 indelibly linked Islam with terrorism, back before the top association to “Catholic priest” was “pedophile,” most Americans—even nonreligious Americans—thought of religion as benign. I’m not religious myself, people would say, but what’s the harm if it gives someone else a little comfort or pleasure.
Back then, people associated Christianity with kindness and said things like, “That’s not very Christian of him,” when a person acted stingy or mean; and nobody except Evangelical Christians knew the difference between Evangelicalism and more open, inquiring forms of Christianity.
Those days are over. Islam will be forever tainted by Islamist brutalities, by images of bombings, beheadings, and burkas. The collar and cassock will forever evoke the image of bishops turning their backs while priests rub themselves…
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Serious food for thought !
There’s only one circumstance in which I consider the sexual lives of politicians to be my business, and that’s when they legislate about what goes on in other citizens’ sexual lives.
Failed Prime Minister Tony Abbott operates from a platform that is largely based on his personal morality, drawn from Catholic dogma. This morality advocates traditional heterosexual monogamous marriage, and argues fiercely that this is the only circumstance in which children ought to be raised.
Abbott supports the current Marriage Act with the amendment added by John Howard specifically to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.
Same-sex marriage will, in Abbott’s view, destroy what he perceives as the “sanctity” of monogamous heterosexual marriage.
Abbott foisted the notion of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage on his party, a completely unnecessary, extremely expensive and likely barbaric exercise in which citizens vote on whether or not other citizens are…
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There has never been a more exciting time to be a pensioner, or so I’m told. Yes it is an hour by hour quest to keep one feed and watered, and maintain a roof over one’s head. Whilst surviving on the pension, in fact I’m almost certain that there exists as much innovation in our section of the community, as much talent on money management as exists in all the State’s and the federal treasuries combined.
Our home budget is micro managed to such an extent that we use the least amount of electricity, water, food and everyday items, the only factor that we cannot control is our health. We have paid our taxes all of our working lives (in our case 30 years plus) unlike corporations who turn over in excess of $100 million, and pay absolutely nothing.
Those who refuse to pay their ‘fair share of taxation’ to…
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