Let’s Be Honest

Your piece on homelessness by Gerald Jakubovics and Rafael Hoffman was interesting and heartbreaking. I thought a lot about one particular sentence:

“For a set of technical reasons, few other people were able to offer their own homes as a viable option.”

Let’s be real, shall we? Let’s change “able” to “willing” and let’s change “technical reasons” to “understandable excuses.” So now we have:

“For a set of understandable excuses, few other people were willing to offer their own homes as a viable option.” That’s closer to the truth. I have a large home and most of my children are married. Do I want to fill my home with homeless people? Or even take in one? Even “temporarily” (which can easily become permanently)? I do not. I guess I could drum up “a set of technical reasons,” but I prefer the truth.

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