Hello I’m new here.
I figured I should share a little about myself .
I live in Portland Oregon.
I was born and raised here.
I hate to say such a cliche thing but this is my identity.
I am a product of my environment.
I found this place as a result of a few clips I’ve seen with Ana Kasparian.
Ana, thank you for speaking with such power and resolve my own truths.
I have no idea how you have read my mind but you have.
Any how, Operation Hope. This has got my attention. I’m sitting at home right now with my child cause their school teachers are striking (I stand with PAT).
Recently I have given up my tech career of 20 years to start over.
I don’t want to work for a company, I want to work for people.
Until I figure out what that even means I’ve been just driving uber eats.
Not gonna lie, I kind of like it. Don’t have to talk to anyone and its super flexible.
So that now I’m driving everyday, I am also on the streets everyday. I need to talk to you what is a epidemic that no one is really talking about. Its called Hopelessness.
The homeless issue here, it’s not about housing at all. Its not about jobs at all. Its not about a lack of therapy or a lack of laws changing, its not about drug abuse.
Its about hopelessness. Hopelessness is what is destroying my community right now.
It is what I will call a sociological mental illness that effects everyone not just the homeless or disadvantaged. Its also caused by everyone, the apathy from the affluent exacerbates the self harm the homeless inflict on their selves. In other words I believe we can end homelessness in Portland if we all change within our own selves.
I’ve been making an effort to ask a really hard question to the people I see on the streets everyday. Its this simple, I see the transformation before my eyes.
Its starts like this. I see someone who clearly is struggling really hard. I interrupt them, ask “Hey, has anyone told you that they loved you today.” (my mother user to say that to me and I find my self asking it all the time now.)
There is a briefer moment of soul crushing pain in their face as the realization of that question hits them. they simple say no. But then they realize why I’m asking. And yeah I give them my love. I love you. I wish I could express how important to me this is. It heals me in ways I can’t explain. I only hope that it sparks life into them.
Love is not enough, but love is the essence of hope. With out love you can’t have hope. End hopelessness and give your love away.