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(New York Daily News)   Security guard breaks down door to a portable toilet, finds the rotting body of a homeless man inside. Police believe he froze to death and was forgotten for months   ( ) divider line 6
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2014-04-24 05:11:29 AM  
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Pointy Tail of Satan: Sad. Remember that people like this probably were decent people in their younger days, until they fell prey to mental illness. I've done consulting at a psych hospital, and it completely changed my view.

Yup. If everyone knew how fragile their everything is, then we would see a lot more compassion. Most of the homeless in my area are dealing with mental issues and families who can't deal. I'm working with a woman suffering from mood problems after she was rear-ended by a semi. Her life, her talents, her privilege, it is all slowly unravelling. If we all knew how close we are to the metaphorical porta-potty, we would conduct ourselves differently.
2014-04-24 03:14:22 AM  
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Sad. Remember that people like this probably were decent people in their younger days, until they fell prey to mental illness. I've done consulting at a psych hospital, and it completely changed my view.
2014-04-24 09:36:38 AM  
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Caelistis: Crabs_Can_Polevault: ...I know some  very stubbornly solipsistic people.

I can't actually prove you, or anyone else, exists. You can show me "proof" but how do I know, with certainty, that isn't also a figment of my imagination just as you are?

While I think I exist, it is also possible that I am no more than a product of someone else's imagination. Even the concept of empathy may be nothing more than a mechanism like protected memory to insure that different processes don't inadvertently occupy the same neural space.

Believe it or not, I'm going to stick with that word choice.

"So that homeless dude over there? Sure he's emaciated, unkempt, dirty, walks with a limp because of what  looks like an open leg wound, wears torn clothing (including no shoes), and has no facial expressions but dull stupidity or perpetual scowl, but how do you know that's simply not how he  wants to live? Why should anyone take the money I worked so hard for and use it to make that worthless sack of walking crap something he doesn't want to be? What makes him more entitled to my money than I am?"

I'm using it here to represent the flat-out refusal to sympathize with someone else, no matter how obvious their suffering may be, especially when any sort of sacrifice is sought. "Nobody else's problems are in any way significant.  My problems are  paramount. Why don't more people sympathize with  me?", conveniently overlooking any differences in scale, even when the comparison is orders of magnitude off. And that the "me" in that example is most likely a raging, inflamed asshole.
2014-04-24 05:08:56 AM  
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robohobo: Do any normal folk, aside from outdoor-working blue collars ever used portable toilets? Beside the homeless, I mean? Have you seen those things at festivals/fairs? Gross. I'd sooner find a tree.

Around here the ones by construction sites are usually in nice condition and entirely suitable when the need strikes at 2AM.
2014-04-24 02:19:56 AM  
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I would have chosen "sad". But, these days, what's the difference?
2014-04-24 01:28:41 AM  
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