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HomelessnessEventually, as the Community Developments are fully adapted to the needs of the local community, there should not be much of any ... if any at all of the underclass citizens remainingi. Great care must be taken however, to avoid any potential for the creation of a dependency class of people. Granted, there are always going to be some people who are incapable of performing and becoming fully productive and contributing members of society. There will also be those who are simply not as ambitious and are quite content to live on less in the way of financial and material gain in order to remain more “free” to pursue their own endeavors ... whatever they may be.

It should not be the position of the Community to demand a substantial contribution from each and every individual but conversely, every effort must be taken to encourage the dreams and inspire action on the part of the individual, not only for their individual benefit, but for the benefit of society as a whole. However, when social benefits are granted, they should always be accompanied by a corresponding responsibility on the part of the recipient so as to place a more tangible value on those benefits.

As noted above, there will always be some that do not elect to contribute to society directly or indirectly, but should they be made to go without completely? It can hardly be argued that a woman or man who wishes to stay home and raise children is not contributing directly to the future of society. At least insofar as they are not staying home and teaching their children criminal activities, these parents are teaching the future generation and the future leaders and the future entrepreneurs and travelers and explorers and inventors all of which are equally important to expand the principles and horizons of Human Growth and Development.

It is hoped ... and believed by some, that it will take approximately forty-years for this introduction of a new level of Human Development to become the prevailing way of thinking rather than an “alternative” way of life. Though in the meantime, it is important to understand how to encourage the individual to prosper for their own benefit in addition to not punishing them when they do try and become “upwardly mobile” and improve their personal and/or familial median quality of life.

While this may seem like a relatively (or at least comparatively) easy task given the complex and systemic nature of the entire Community Development, it is not as easy as it may seem at first glance. Among the most notable obstacles will be cultural issues that have all too often been ignored altogether, grossly twisted and misrepresented or swept haphazardly under the rug in the hopes of creating some delusional, non-existent and impossibly arbitrary measurement of “equality in results” in life.

Whether people choose to believe it or not, people … all individuals are unique. While it is relatively simple to provide equal opportunities to all of the people of the world, it is not possible to provide or even to provide for any equality in results. Not only are the differences between the individuals prevalent, but also social and cultural differences that many “professionals” elect to ignore altogether or simply dismiss as being inconsequential when considering the creation of programs to assist these people and groups ... often to the direct detriment of these very same groups and individuals.

There is no doubt that some of the readers of this documentation are going to howl and protest at these facts, but that does not change the reality of the world that all humankind must share and live in together. It is imperative that these cultural and social differences be taken into consideration ... and measures put in place to prevent the issues that have prevented the creation, design, introduction and implementation of effective, viable, long-term programs of assistanceii.

No matter how deeply a foreigner may be ensconced within a society, they will always be viewed at some level as an outsider. How this is expressed by the vast majority of people may differ and there are even a great many people who will not harbor any such feelings ... even if some do cry “denial” as they project their personal prejudice on the ones who truly are free of such prejudice and bias.

The basic and most elemental truth is that all of humanity is prejudicediii to a certain degree, whether or not that is expressed in the form of any actual biasiv or not. A person will exhibit prejudice through bias based on which persons that they find more attractive, be such attraction physical or emotional or otherwise. People will be biased based on what color vehicles or homes or other physical objects may be and as to whether or not they “like” them. The same can be said for foods … and ultimately, for virtually any aspect of life wherein a choice is there for the taking … once a decision has been reached. (Such decisions, will ultimately also be based on personal prejudice and bias)

It is absolutely natural for people to hold to such prejudice and exhibit such bias. While this debate is probably best left to the philosophers, it does not mean that it can be ignored at the same time viable solutions are being pursued ... it must be considered if indeed the working solutions are to be found. Given these prejudiced views that are naturally inherent and a part of human nature, as it is perfectly natural for everyone to look at things from a personal perspective before they even consider whether or not to look at things objectively, it is necessary to find solutions that take these factors under careful consideration.

Many cultures, speaking on a societal level, not stereotypically, lest there be any confusion, will not share more personal aspects of their lives with outsidersv. While in some theories, this is not going to present any real problems, the reality that it creates is one that is ... at best, not overly beneficial for the recipients and at worst, is actually detrimental and will exacerbate the difficulties and challenges already being faced by the impoverished and underclass, further preventing them from improving their median quality of life.

Thus, there must be some solution in place that provides for these cultural differences and at the same time, even among their own people, provides the individual beneficiaries with an opportunity to be fully candid (even if anonymously) regarding the problems that they are facing and even what they think the solutions should bevi.

Sociologists, psychologists and even those psychiatristsvii that are still concerned with the individual and not bowing to the desires of the big pharmaceutical corporations; all have some very sound and reasonable approaches, but most of it requires experts that know little if anything outside of “civilized” and “normal” society and as such, even though they may be fully empathetic with the people they are trying to help, will inescapably be held to different standards and will never be fully trusted by the people that need help the most.

Thus, a system has been put in place that will greatly assist in circumventing the detriments while at the same time maximizing the potential for open and honest replies from those people who are ultimately, the ones that all this work is being done for in the first place. The Philippine solution to this problem is worth noting and studying more as additional communities are established.

In the Philippines, a select group of Philippine nationals have been selected from among the poor, the underclasses and working class. These people have been selected based on a variety of interactive and interpersonal skills that make each and every one of them empathetic and understanding in their own rights. While these people will serve as localized sociological support teams to create and to make their research and reports available to the experts, they will be the ones working with the locals for and on behalf of the locals and in cooperation with the local leaders.

Additional benefit will come with the ability of the experts to work directly with the “boots on the ground” in the form of representatives or liaisons from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who manage the local social assistance programs and work directly and daily with the underclass citizens.

Effectively, the responsibilities of these people will include working with local officials to fund and participate in Barangay Festivalsviii and other local celebrations and social gatherings. The Barangay Festival is a traditional celebration of the local Barangay and local issues that the local residents feel compelled to celebrate. As such, local people will be celebrating and generally more at easeix.

The presence of additional foods, drinks and even the inclusion of prizes and other giveaways will help to ensure a larger turnout. Further, the local officials can work in cooperation with the DSWD liaisons and other selected (or elected) representatives to ensure that the people from the foundation will be able to address the local indigent and underclass population directly.

As has been noted before in these pages, the initial efforts will be more restrictive for the selection process given the lack of more expansive infrastructure, but as time goes on, homes and viable social assistance programs can be tailored to each family and/or individual, including those that do suffer from more debilitating conditions, to meet their immediate and long-term needs and help to get them into a community and proper housing with viable opportunities and the assistance required to overcome their enfeebling conditions.

Furthermore, these representatives of the foundations will be able to sit and speak directly with the people who need assistance the most and talk to them individually, at their own level and in their own locations. Informational packets and brochures will be made available to all of the local residents, with special instructions and information provided to the DSWD liaisons or representatives to directly benefit the impoverished and other underclass citizens.

Additional work will begin in cooperation with the local citizenry to define and quantify problem areas within the Barangay and to propose solutions which will aid and assist the local areas on behalf of the government of the host nations as well, even in such areas whereby the foundation itself may be funding these operations and programs.

Additional programs and projects will be implemented for the communities of the Host nation as well, at least as far as time, funding and the cooperation of the host nation(s) allows for such opportunities for the direct and tangible benefit of the local people. These programs will include infrastructure and development projects for the host nations and many projects on the local level to allow for the full and complete eradication of poverty.

It will be one of the responsibilities of the members and representatives of the foundation(s) to outline what kinds of assistance are needed at the many different locations and what programs may be more viable in those locations. This information will be further reviewed by experts in the relevant areas of study and proposals made for the local government officials.

Many of these proposals will be almost universal in nature. Contemporary schools, modern equipment for those schools, access to electronic databases for libraries and cloud-based studies, school buses, ambulances, police and fire equipment and other needs that are relatively common from location to location.

Though these needs will all be custom-tailored to more exacting standards as needed, there will be some basic necessities in most locations. Street lights will be needed and these can be constructed in conjunction with internet access and other security features in configurations that are currently available. Electrical power will be necessary in many of the more isolated locations, but current estimates call for the creation of literally tens of thousands of the Isolated Community Service Centers in select and strategic locations around the globe to provide for those who lack access to even the most basic utilities and other fundamental necessities. Electrical service in these areas will most likely be generated through the utilization of Point of Use generators, allowing for them to be operational even in the most rugged and isolated terrain.

The Isolated Community Service Centers will work in full and complete cooperation with the Systemically Sustainable Community Developments for the provision of goods and even services to the general population of the host nation(s) in addition to the Community Developments. These programs will be fully funded and implemented within the Community Developments, in and around the Isolated Community Service Centers and throughout the host nation.

The infrastructural and development projects will, by and large, be operated and maintained by local personnel, again for the purpose of creating a sense of value and responsibility. Just handing everything out with a complete lack of responsibility would likely result in higher levels of loss and under-utilization, even when the people demanded such change and it was made available. It should be the job of the local people to install, operate and maintain any and all of this equipment so as to instill a sense of pride, responsibility and accountability.

 

i This being due to their having already improved their median quality of life, elevating them above the status of impoverished persons or otherwise relegating them to the status of underclass citizenry as is so prevalent in the world today. This should not be seen as any sort of grand conspiracy to run off those that current society may deem to be “undesirable” but rather based on the success of ongoing efforts to eliminate poverty.

ii It is not only impossible to build up and strengthen the weak by tearing down the strong. Likewise, it is impossible to build up and assist the impoverished by tearing down the rich. Furthermore, societal and cultural differences mean that the ultimate solutions must come from within those communities and from those cultures and societies being built up.

iii PREJUDICE: preconceived opinion that is not based on reason though it may or may not be based on personal experience.

iv BIAS: prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. A manifestation of Prejudice.

v In the Philippines just as one example, if someone receives assistance, it would be considered rude, even if asked, to express any desire for additional or separate assistance from the same person.

vi At the time of this writing, the only such program as has been effectively established is within the Philippines so it will be the point of reference for this topic of discussion here.

vii While psychology and psychiatry have very deep and common roots, and some very useful tools to use and contributions to make, at the end of the day, as evidenced by the changes in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM) diagnoses of mental disorders are often based as much on societal norms as on any hard sciences and subject to the personal prejudice, bias, interpretation and even mood and opinion of the one making the diagnosis. While neither psychology nor psychiatry should be classified as “arts”, they remain in a realm that is far more art and opinion than any of the hard sciences.

viii The Barangay (or the somewhat smaller Barrio) is effectively a local neighborhood with the Barangay being “governed” by a Barangay Captain and their mix of elected and unelected staff and personnel. They have limited Judicial Authority in order to handle domestic matters and smaller disputes at the local level without the need to tie up the larger (and more costly) court systems. Each Barangay Hall also has a liaison on staff from the Department of Social Welfare and Development who works hand-in-hand on a daily basis with the poor and underclass citizens. This makes them the ideal person to speak to and work with in regards to being able to help the most impoverished and then working the way up the proverbial social ladder until the impoverished and underclass exist no more.

ix While the primary focus of the foundation will be to directly assist the impoverished and other underclass citizens, many programs will be made available for local residents across the host nations as well. However, before such plans can be designed, much less implemented, it will be necessary to have people firmly established within those communities for the purpose of identifying problem areas, addressing local concerns and implementing long-term and meaningful, effective solutions.

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