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Direct Route to Sustainability:
Using the Natural Right to Live Sustainably.

(a very rough draft)

Every night thousands of people don't know where to go to sleep. Sleep they have to, eventually, and in order to get some rest they are forced to trespass in most cases, for which they are frequently penalized. The homeless trespass where-ever they go most of the time, in fact. When they move from place to place (they cannot well be denied that--all "normal" people do that) they are somewhat safe. However, when it comes to trying to get some rest (which "normal" people do at their residence they own, or at places that they rent), they become conspicuous, suspicious--an object of scrutiny, and unless utterly inured to their predicament, they are made uncomfortable.

As a result, the homeless rarely, if ever, get a proper rest. Even for the few, who go to spend the night in an "emergency (a state of existence that for some is protracted to the day they die) shelter", the place, usually, is not designed with providing comfort to them in mind. Those who, out of choice, or out of necessity, have to spend the night outdoors, have to hide from being found by either the law enforcers, or other desperate people who prey on the weaker ones, and there are fewer and fewer places to hide. Not getting proper rest becomes a way of life. One's senses become dulled, one's judgment suffers; tired people make fewer wise decisions, and it is a short distance from being a trespasser to being a criminal and/or a substance abuser. Who had not any problems with the law, or was not a substance abuser before becoming homeless, has a far greater opportunity to become so when tired, and not being able to think clearly. It is always a shorter distance to the jail then to home, for a homeless.

It is a conclusion that requires no great wisdom to make that the society, as a whole, does not benefit from having any of its members not being able to make sensible decisions about their lives. It should also be wholly unnecessary to point out the great advantages of having a society of people who are able to get a proper rest needed for their functioning well.

Mistakenly, many people think that the right to sleep is implicit in, at the very least, the common law; that it is an obvious right that does not have to be legalized formally. Many think so, till they find out otherwise, either first-hand by becoming homeless, or becoming awakened to the needs of others (a less and less happening occurrence).

Sadly, but there are such that benefit from others' misery, undoubtedly, otherwise how could such an injustice (a thing very obvious to a sane mind) persist? Why not follow reason and legalize the right to sleep? Imagine a society where everybody had an explicit right to rest! It would be a beginning of a new, saner era.

Not only the homeless would take the advantage of being able to sleep in peace; also many of the people who spend a great portion of their income on unreasonably high rents would, without a doubt, give up their lodgings in favor of the basic, now legally permitted, camping--camping being the most basic for satisfying the need for taking care of the basic things necessary for living.

It could be easily foreseen that lot of stress would be relieved in this way throughout the whole population--in contrast to today where people have to get money (sometimes quite large amounts of it) just for taking care of the basics comforts in facilities that are very often not even adequate for the task.

If the possibility of people to start growing their own food next to where they live would be encouraged, would be made possible, accessible to people, this also would alleviate some of the existential fears about their future. The possibility of being able to take care of one's basic needs locally would be a start of becoming truly sustainable.

Of course, should the above become a reality, this would mean a profound change of the society.

Just to start thinking of a few changes that would, with the greatest probability, take place:
The grotesque practice of considering land--that is needed to live on and obtain very necessary for life sustenance--as an object of commerce, whose consequence is the paradoxical situation where it is considered a good thing for the prices of land, without an access to which a body cannot really survive, to increase so that fewer people can obtain it to sleep and grow food on would be a thing of the past. The right to sleep and grow food--in short: the right to live sustainably would also eliminate a great deal of need for grossly demeaning and inadequate "welfare"!
Many jobs, whose sole objective is not to really produce anything useful, but that are only a means of producing cash, would disappear also, because with the availability of Earth surface necessary for taking necessary care of one's bodily needs the demand for cash would drastically decrease, and people would have the option to put their energy into jobs that would be truly useful to the society.
The non-sensical, non-sustainable gross (how apt!) product would cease to be a indicator of anything; instead, the happiness of the land and those who live on her would become a true concern.

Without being able to exercise the right to live sustainably from the grass root level, true sustainability will never happen.

There is a good reason for making it possible for people to start living sustainably:
If, for any reason (be it a war--civil, or otherwise, or any environmental reasons), or any other catastrophe the infrastructure collapses, and the supply of the basic necessities for life gets interrupted, the ensuing turmoil would be devastating causing great societal and material destruction including a, possibly, loss of human life. In the end people would have to rely on local supplies in order to live anyhow, but this would happened only after a great devastation.

Why not go the easier route and start actually living of resources that are as close to home as possible?

Recognize and protect the natural right to live sustainably!


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