Maslow’s triangle

In case anyone is getting bored with reading about sex, I thought I’d have a brief intermission and write about Maslow’s triangle, or more specifically the bottom layer of the triangle, food, shelter and warmth.

A 30-year-old man froze to death on the streets of Birmingham (UK) where he was sleeping rough.

The UK is allegedly still one of the world’s richest countries (9th) and third richest in Europe, based on GDP and purchasing power parity. On an individual basis, ie GDP per head, it comes 27th.

Regardless of all that, the important question is, why is a 30-year-old man sleeping on the streets, with temperatures dropping to –6 centigrade (celsius)?

According to local council figures reported in the Birmingham Mail, 36 people were sleeping rough in the city, with nearly three thousand listed as homeless (but not sleeping rough), and 23,000 on the waiting list for council housing.

Another report shows 10,000 homeless. So, great on the figures? What to believe?

A UK report says there are 50,000+ homeless nationally, of which ten per cent sleep rough.

Some reports say 1000 people have slept on the streets in London in one night.

Of rough sleepers, 40 odd per cent are from the UK and 30 odd per cent from eastern europe. Mostly Rumania.

Why do people leave their own country to sleep on the streets of London? I ask you. Makes no sense. The streets of London are not paved with gold. Believe me. I walked them and worked them.

Figures and statistics are what they are. So are dead people on the streets. Which I wrote about before. I suggest a read if you haven’t already.

Back to Maslow. His triangle says our basic needs are food, shelter, warmth.

Why, can not a so-called rich nation provide this for all citizens?

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9 Responses to Maslow’s triangle

    • I think David partly answers the question with his comment below. There is no concept of the individual. Plus, most politicians are in it for themselves. If you want to serve the public, you work in the public sector. While I enjoyed working on newspapers, I got more job satisfaction working in public service.

      Homelessness really saddens me. And, I’m not in a position to do anything about it. But other people are. They are not doing it.


  1. davidprosser says:

    I don’t think the Government of the UK places a particularly high value on individual lives. People who claim benefits, as this person likely did, are now treated as nothing less than a nuisance,
    Disabled people, those in receipt of disability living allowance for their disability,, which includes those with mental health issues, are finding out just how important they are. Anyone on DLA is to have it ended so they can be assessed for a new benefit called PIP (personal income plan). There is no provision to automatically transfer over, you have to specifically claim this new benefit which is assessed differently and will probably result in a drop in income.
    This creates major problems, not just because of the loss of income but for those with mental health problems who can’t fill in the forms to claim who suddenly find their benefit ended. For those who can’t handle being with strangers they have a face to face interview and possibly a home assessment by people from (in England) the notorious ATOS group who are not medically trained enough to deal with assessing illnesses and who routinely either end or downgrade people’s benefits.I specify England because in Wales we have another group and I don’t know what they’re like.Under ATOS I was sent doctor who asked questions from a booklet but proceeded to skip pages and write his own answers down which resulted in my claim being refused. Only on appeal was it reinstated.
    This time, despite the following statement from the Prime Minister at the Conservative Conference
    “But for those who can’t work, we must offer our full support — which is why it was so important that Damian Green announced on Saturday that we will end the mandatory retesting of those with chronic health conditions that only induces stress but does nothing at all to help”
    I have a chronic condition but still have to fill in a claim form. Still am to be subjected to a home visit and have to face a one to one interview. Yet It’s known I cannot deal with strangers, rarely leave the house and records must show I have won every appeal to them based on my medic condition. As I say, individuals are not important but saving money is.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


    • Thanks for your thoughtful and detailed comment David. Cwtch.

      I don’t understand UK benefit laws. They change every week to make sure fewer people can claim them is my simplistic interpretation.

      We have a friend who has developed epilepsy. She worked in agriculture (pestcides anyone?) so standing on ladders picking fruit with epilepsy aint the best idea.

      How many interviews has she had to determine she is genuinely ill? FFS.

      Another friend with breast cancer, on chemo, radio, was expected to go to work? Uh? You are being burnt, poisoned, have had a mastectomy and expected to go to work?

      What sort of society is that?


  2. theoccasionalman says:

    Would he have accepted? Here in the US, a large percentage of our homeless are living with mental illnesses, some of which involve paranoia and isolation from the people and institutions that would like to help. And some people are just too proud to accept what they perceive as handouts, even if it means saving their lives.

    As for the immigration thing: We don’t know at what point they are in their lives. Some people would rather sleep on the streets of London than the streets of Niemanist, Bavaria, because in London there is the possibility of work and a better life, which they don’t have back home. Also, some people get an apartment and a job in good faith, then they lose those things and can’t bear the thought of going back home with their tails tucked between their legs. I would imagine that in a Brexit/Trump climate, it isn’t as easy for an immigrant to find and keep a job as they think it will be.


    • Mental illness is prevalent in UK (rather than immigrant) homeless too. Mental illness is like cancer was years ago. No one wants to admit to it. Last time I filled in a job form, it was still on there: Have you ever been diagnosed with mental illness? How discriminatory and disgusting is that? Half the world probably suffers from some type of mental illness. They just don’t have the ticket that says so.

      Most street sleepers in London are not from Bavaria. Why leave one cold affluent place for another! They are down on their luck Brits, or eastern europeans who think the UK will give a better life.

      It’s a complex time. People born and brought up in the UK are not happy they can’t get jobs or if they do, the wages/salary is reduced due to immigrants working for less. Simple as that.

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  3. makagutu says:

    That’s a difficult question on the face of it.
    But I think the answer is simple. The government simply doesn’t care


  4. Budgets. Policy. The disconnect between the humans who create them and the reality they create for humanity. Two reasons that popped into my head. I’m sure there are a myriad more. People have always suffered, fallen between the cracks but the suffering and cracks and gap between the haves and have nots seems wider than ever.
    BTW… Sex? Other than in my own sex life, I feel very much out of my depth to comment but I admire that you never cease to be thought & opinion seeking.


  5. At last count there were over 5,000 people living on the street in Houston. There are more now. Some are mentally ill, some addicted to one thing or the other, some just want to live outside of society, some have companion dogs/cat that shelters will not allow in their facilities ( for legal/health reasons supposed. It seems cruel to me…I could point out to them that the manger was full of animals …soooo ?)
    Was is really disturbing this week is that although we have still have many storm/flood/tornado victims trying to piece their lives back together in both North and South Carolinas, Louisiana, West Virginia, Kansas. Pennsylvania….yet the federal govenment is bringing in and finding housing for more and more refugees/immigrants (from Middle East as well as Latin America) Those new groups, totally dependent strangers in a new land where most do not speak the language, are getting housing, food welfare cards, health care, utility assitance for bills – the citizens who pay the taxes are expected to make it all on their own. Seriously?
    Cobbler’s child has no shoes. The carpenter’s wife has a leaky roof. Commons sense says what?

    Meanwhile until they let us run the world…

    Waiting for sunset on Christmas Eve is like standing toes-over-the-edge on a high diving board.
    Every year we’d cruise casually by the window to keep an eye on the sun’s progress until it was officially evening.
    Then the shout “Christmas Eve Gift!” would ring out.
    You see, the traditions says that the first person to voice that phrase on Christmas Eve to another would be graced with good fortune and joy all the next year.
    (And of course, whomever was first won. Everything was a contest…)
    It’s more difficult to be first now with caller ID.
    As all those who have become my friends in blogland are spread widely across time zones, I’d like to wish you all “Christmas Eve Gift” now.
    And as I already feel so fortunate to have such wonderful readers and writers in this neighborhood, I wish to share any phrase acquired good fortune and joy with you in thanks.
    No matter where you are or what you are guided by, hope you have a very merry Christmas and a new year full of adventure and joy.
    Peace on earth and goodwill towards all creatures great and small.


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