Today’s Music to keep me IIIINNnnnSSSSsAaaaNNNnneEE – Roy Harper – Cardboard City

It’s the one thing the Tories have been good at – breeding poverty, low pay, homelessness, food banks and freezing pensioners. We have nurses using food banks now. So much for banging saucepans.

We’re living in a sick society.

Roy expresses it so well. Greed rules!!

Poetry – Obscure Souls – A guest post from Amber

Amber has sent me this poem through about the homeless. It is a condemnation of our society that we tolerate homelessness, isn’t it?

A big thank you to Amber.

OBSCURE SOULS

Does anyone think of our fellow souls

Lost and deep in obscure black holes

The homeless out on the streets

With nothing to eat

Shivering and shaking

A sure death in the making

The mentally ill locked up inside

Dreaming of the world outside

Love and support is what they truly need

I don’t believe that’s what they are getting in places similar to a weed

The old people in homes

Looking out of glass windows

Their figures cast in the shadows

The people living on their own

With no one at home

Lonliness and suicide, they are all alone

The mother’s and father’s struggling to feed their children

The night workers keeping this matrix going

People want to be overthrowing

But war on peace

Will not equal what you want

Where are these people

In the midst of time

It’s something I want to remind

The world of

These parts of the universal fabric

Need our help

Why can’t we hear their yelps?

Will they ever get true help?

With a system designed

To set us up for failure

This society has no allure

Just know you are in my mind

One day will be the time

When you are free

To be healthy, strong and happy

You hold a place within me.

-DiosRaw 15/01/21 

You might like to check out Amber’s blog. There are a lot more delights to be found over there:

DiosRaw | LOVE IS THE ANSWER

Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World – lyrics about social inequality, homelessness, drug addiction and the damage to society and children.

Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World – lyrics about social inequality, homelessness, drug addiction and the damage to society and children.

 

Inequality is the basis behind most of the world’s problems. The division between the have’s and have-nots is immense. The judgement of a good civilised country is how it treats its underprivileged, needy and disabled.

I was shocked by what I saw in America and what I see in Britain. There is a heartlessness in many people’s actions; they seem to believe that the homeless and down-and-outs deserve all they get. They should have worked harder at school, achieved higher qualifications, got themselves a job.

I am not referring to the hapless free-loaders. There are the scroungers who need to be made to contribute.

Before making judgements people should listen to the stories of the people concerned. There are many sad tales of neglect, abuse and disaster. Many are traumatised and unable to function.

There but for fortune.

The worth of a society is its benevolence. It seems that the greatest nations on Earth are content to have people living rough and scratching round dust-bins for food – as if they were vermin.

I think that is an indictment on those nations. It is cold, heartless and uncaring. We should be better than that.

The children brought up in the degradation created by poverty, desperation, prostitution and drugs will grow up to have a blighted life. It needs addressing and we are rich enough nations to address the issues properly. There is far too much greed and selfishness.

Neil Young highlighted the problems in this song. The ‘Free World’ should set an example and show the world how compassion is done!

“Rockin’ In The Free World”

There’s colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin’ their feet
People sleepin’ in their shoes
But there’s a warnin’ sign
on the road ahead
There’s a lot of people sayin’
we’d be better off dead
Don’t feel like Satan,
but I am to them
So I try to forget it,
any way I can.Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can
Now she puts the kid away,
and she’s gone to get a hit
She hates her life,
and what she’s done to it
There’s one more kid
that will never go to school
Never get to fall in love,
never get to be cool.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler,
Machine gun hand
We got department stores
and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes
for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people,
says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn,
got roads to drive.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World – lyrics about social inequality, homelessness, drug addiction and the damage to society and children.

Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World – lyrics about social inequality, homelessness, drug addiction and the damage to society and children.

 

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Inequality is the basis behind most of the world’s problems. The division between the have’s and have-nots is immense. The judgement of a good civilised country is how it treats its underprivileged, needy and disabled.

I was shocked by what I saw in America and what I see in Britain. There is a heartlessness in many people’s actions; they seem to believe that the homeless and down-and-outs deserve all they get. They should have worked harder at school, achieved higher qualifications, got themselves a job.

I am not referring to the hapless free-loaders. There are the scroungers who need to be made to contribute.

Before making judgements people should listen to the stories of the people concerned. There are many sad tales of neglect, abuse and disaster. Many are traumatised and unable to function.

There but for fortune.

The worth of a society is its benevolence. It seems that the greatest nations on Earth are content to have people living rough and scratching round dust-bins for food – as if they were vermin.

I think that is an indictment on those nations. It is cold, heartless and uncaring. We should be better than that.

The children brought up in the degradation created by poverty, desperation, prostitution and drugs will grow up to have a blighted life. It needs addressing and we are rich enough nations to address the issues properly. There is far too much greed and selfishness.

Neil Young highlighted the problems in this song. The ‘Free World’ should set an example and show the world how compassion is done!

“Rockin’ In The Free World”

There’s colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin’ their feet
People sleepin’ in their shoes
But there’s a warnin’ sign
on the road ahead
There’s a lot of people sayin’
we’d be better off dead
Don’t feel like Satan,
but I am to them
So I try to forget it,
any way I can.Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can
Now she puts the kid away,
and she’s gone to get a hit
She hates her life,
and what she’s done to it
There’s one more kid
that will never go to school
Never get to fall in love,
never get to be cool.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler,
Machine gun hand
We got department stores
and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes
for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people,
says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn,
got roads to drive.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

Homelessness and Begging in India

Where-ever I have travelled in the world I have encountered homelessness and begging. From the streets of the UK to the USA, Brazil and India; it is ubiquitous. They all have their stories and reasons – some good; some bad. They are the residue of society; the ones who do not fit in; who have no place. It is as if they have been discarded and thrown aside like the rubbish in the street.

Yet they are people.

My last visit to India had its share of beggars but not as many as I remembered. Perhaps India is on the up? Or perhaps Chennai is not as bad as Delhi? I do not know.

My observations in India seem to suggest it is the old who beg. Perhaps there is no pension to be paid? Or perhaps their families no longer care for them? Or perhaps it is the culture? There is a culture that encourages people to give up worldly pursuits and all possessions and embark upon a spiritual quest. All they have are their robes and a begging bowl. I am not saying that the beggars I saw were on a spiritual quest. Somehow I doubt that. But maybe the culture encourages begging and the giving of alms?

Another interesting observation I have made is that beggars tend to congregate around places of worship. Perhaps they believe that the pious are more generous? Or else that they can prey on guilt?

I saw a number sleeping on the hard concrete. How difficult it must be to bathe and keep clean – particularly in such heat.

The World’s Top 500 People Just Got $1 Trillion Richer in 2017.

In these times of austerity, wage restraint, loss of work, automation and globalisation 500 people just got $1 Trillion richer.

Inequality grows and festers. While the rich buy yet another penthouse and choose which multibillion yacht or plane to buy millions sleep on concrete in the cold.

How bad does it have to get before something happens?

Here’s the report from the Washington Post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/12/27/the-worlds-500-wealthiest-people-got-1-trillion-richer-in-2017/?utm_term=.de29b463220c