Homelessness Is More Than Missing a House

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Yishan Shan
ENG-101/H. Nand
Comparison and Contrast Paper
11/06/2012

Homelessness is more than missing a house
We always encounter these types of people: A man who is shaking a cup and trying to present a smiling face to you on the side of the street, his coins are striking against each other, and his clothes were tatty and his shoes unmatched. Or at night, a crew of people who sit or sleep in front of a store with some filthy blankets on. We don’t know what kind of causes affect their homelessness, but we could easily recognize them, probably take pity on them and maybe give them change or food. Homeless people might not expect financial assist but they need mental support because they are not just physically missing a house and they have nothing to lose after the spiritual collapse by missing heart protections. We need to emotionally help them by more psychological fixing.

Barbara Lazear Ascher states that we were able to help homeless people by more attentions in her article, “On Compassion”. Ascher argues that we should pay more attention to the homeless by helping them. She says, “We cannot deny the existence of the helpless as their presence grows. It is impossible to insulate ourselves against what is at our very door step” (213). We can help them by possibly give a used blanket or some warm soup. However, economical contribution might not able to fix the issue, according to Anna Quindlen’s in her “Homeless”, “Home is where the heart is. There’s no place like it”(217). Once those homeless people lose their homes, they lose everything physically, and emotionally miss their hearts and believe, faith of lives, that’s what money or food couldn’t build.

Ascher believes that the general public should treat homeless people better. She begins with stating that people shouldn’t judge the homeless by their appearances. She tells a story of a homeless man, “His buttonless shirt, with one sleeve missing, hangs outside the waist of his baggy trousers....
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