>> January 20, 2020
>> Blog Post #13
Today, I saw something that totally disgusted me. Something I did not know existed.
And yet, I had seen it before. It was out there in plain sight. I can’t even say that I am surprised about it now that I have seen it. Human nature sometimes is just that bad.
What do you think the following images have in common?
Modern city architecture.
That’s probably what I would have answered had someone else asked me that question. Or maybe I would have come up with something else if for some reason my system 2 had kicked in and wondered why the hell you had asked me the question in the first place.
I can only guess what my response would have been. Bad art, waste of taxpayer money, why the hell do they make things complicated when they could be easy and so on…
Another guess I’ll make is that you probably don’t know either what the common element is in those images.
Honestly, I don’t know if I would feel better if you didn’t know, which somehow might help me believe I wasn’t the only one to be fooled or If you did know. People who know can then either turn a blind eye, the worst-case scenario, or hopefully stand up and do something about it.
Now here is the answer to the question. These “things” are what are called “anti-homeless architecture” Like I said, I didn’t know there was such a thing.
If you didn’t know about those either, take a look at this thread. That’s where the pictures come from and how I learned about this. Look at each one of those constructions and imagine just how twisted the minds of some people are.
One, you have to determine you need something like anti-homeless architecture to start with. That means someone has to invent the entire concept, give it birth, make it real. Two, you have to agree that this is what you need in your town or city. Three, you need to bring it up to the town council. Four, the town has to go through some kind of RFP process to look for architects who could create such “architecture”. Five, architects actually have to agree to make proposals. Six, the municipality has to decide that it will have these built and installed. Seven, someone has to build that thing. Eight, someone has to install it.
While I do believe at this point that some people along the chain might not know what these devices actually are, it is impossible that most people aren’t aware.
Are you that afraid or disgusted by homeless people that you want to remove them from your sidewalks? Does it make you feel better if you can’t see these people? Do you actually believe that they are people? I know they have these around nice monuments to prevent pigeons from shitting all over the façade, but is that really necessary for humans?
How is this even possible? Do you not find it shocking? I find the lack of humanity in this appalling.
Every time you go vote during elections; you surrender a part of yourself. People get voted into office because they collect some kind of majority. They then govern, taking decisions on topics you will never even know were discussed, while pretending to represent you. That includes building anti-homeless architecture, and a truck load of other horrible things. They will use your vote to bring these into existence. Now you did not expressly agree to this decision, nor is anyone else “responsible”. It is just how the system works. It removes the responsibility of individuals and hides it behind a system, a group, a council. That is where inhumanity happens. But behind those systems are people. And people can be stopped. Do not surrender to them.
To vote is to abdicate. To say nothing is to abdicate.
I refuse to let people take such decisions on my behalf, in my name or with my vote, that is why I believe not voting carries a lot of value.
But there is one more thing I can do. It isn’t much, but at least it’s something. I will take a picture of these man-made creations of inhumanity every time I see one. I will post the picture online, while calling out whatever municipality I have found them in. Make people see what elected bodies do without your permission.
You Did Not Approve Of This