In my last blog I argued that homelessness does not define your character. There are characters who frequent the homeless and those in need meals who are showing their character. As Winston Churchill said “I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.”
These characters, for the most part, are not homeless. I didn’t mention more recent behavior by these “needy” people in my blog. At the shared meal Friday night, hosts had to stand in front of the kitchen to keep a small mob from bum rushing the kitchen. These characters just thought they could run into the kitchen to raid it, like the mob that stormed the Bastille, which was the official start of the French Revolution.
Speaking of French ideas, take the Noble Savage. The Noble Savage is a relativistic philosophy championed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, where all restraints of civilization or any authority are removed and the self becomes the center of the universe. There are no borders. The characters at the meals are vying for the Jean-Jacques Rousseau award for 2019.
The next day, at the early afternoon shared meal, a woman, for whom I have yet to coin a nickname, started screaming at a host who simply asked her to get a clean plate when she gets seconds. Evidently, she didn’t think she should play by the rules. I’ve observed her tone of voice often being hostile. She also makes herself a victim. On one occasion, as she grabbed the coffee from a guy who was sitting next to her, asked if he would mind if she could have it, as she started drinking it. Birdman on a small scale.
Update: I now have a nickname for this woman, a new entry for the Noble Savage award for 2019: “The Wicked Witch Of The West”. She talks a lot like this bad witch in the Wizard of Oz. Maybe I could stifle her by pouring water on her! I can imagine asking one of the hosts at a shared meal for water. I’ll tell the host I need it to tone down the Wicked Witch Of The West.
I also recently learned why there were police cars after the meal. Evidently The Wicked Witch was not allowed on the bus and nobody would drive her so the police drove her to a stop where the homeless bus dropped people off.
Birdman has some stiff competition for the Noble Savage award for 2019! Birdman is a character who’s been flocking to the meals. People at meals are getting the word about this infamous bird, who, like a wild animal, comes to the meals armed with pitchers and large bag and goes from table to table trying to swipe whatever he can – food, drinks and other items that are supposed to be for the people at each table and tables where food and drink are set out for all the quests. At one meal, he took the top off the coffee pot and was about to drain the coffee into his container when he was caught.
Some of us are thinking of playing The Bird is the Word, when Birdman enters a community meal.
One guest thought he must have descended from a hawk, with the way he quickly, out of nowhere, appears and grabs his prey. To use Navy terminology, I would say he’s a sh**bird.
At the last meal he raided he started to take eating utensils from the table in front of him, until someone at the table yelled at him and told him the utensils were someone else’s. In spite of being yelled at, he returned to the table, on the prowl for things he could take. People at the table had to keep looking over their shoulder to watch Birdman like the hawk he is.
When I said something to someone at the table when I walked by right after Birdman tried to take the utensils, a guy at the table snapped “he’s an a-hole” and added that the bird was banned from two of the community meals permanently.
A few meals ago, Birdman was about to snatch the salt and pepper shakers, but the host stopped him.
If you sit down at a community meal, you have to set a watch to make sure that Birdman doesn’t take any of your stuff, including food that’s on your table whenever you get up to get a beverage, some food, or go to the restroom.
Birdman is the quintessential noble savage. But so are others; his title maybe overthrown!
Most of the folks who go to the community meals, both homeless and those needy with homes, act civilized and show self-restraint.
Birdman, et al, is a reflection, an example of our rich heritage being turned upside down in an attempt to be replaced by the utopian new world order, which is destroying our society.