A Burn out
It’s been said that the loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.
We have seen the blank stare of the homeless, on more than one occasion, more than we care to see.
Society has laws of the land that we are taught to follow.
Such is the same with homeless people, they know about man’s laws, but also have their own set to follow.
Each camp knows the laws of that camp, follow them, and that person is allowed to stay, when you break a camp law, your tent and belongings are burned to the ground, your whole world is gone in seconds.
Someone has intervened as judge, jury, trial, and sentencing.
The person burned out is forced to move on, and has to try and find supplies, clothes, and a new tent.
As advocates we do not ask questions when we see a burnout, we know that justice, their justice has been served. The only true justice in their eyes.
We know that we will see that person, somewhere down the road, in a new camp, with different laws to obey.
Where it is his or her decision to follow the rules or be burned out again.
The Forgotten Shall Be Forgotten No More
A Burn out