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?