I work part time in a community organisation as an emergency relief counsellor, assessing requests for assistance with, e.g. food, electricity,
prescriptions, rent, from people who constitute the "disadvantaged" sector of our population.
Lots of these folk are genuinely having a really hard time - women escaping domestic violence, sexually abused young people - but sometimes I really have to swallow hard at the decisions some people make.
Yesterday; one 22 year old wanted food because he had spent his dole money on a new DVD player: one 40 odd year old had spent all his disability pension at the pub and then got hungry: one had got dudded in a heroin deal so couldn't pay his rent: a couple were in the area to spread the word of the Lord, were sure the Lord "would provide for them", but in the meantime they were getting damn hungry and would like a food voucher, etc, etc.
Just curious about your reactions to this sort of attitude to life?
Mostly when I suggest the possibility of looking for a job, I'm met with a blank stare.