|january 15, 2007 (0053us)
an opposable right to housing?
am wary of weird terms like "the opposable right to housing". I've been
forever scared about something underhand they might conceal.
Opposable to what, by whom? To me a man does have or does not have a
right to housing, period!
Anyway, to begin with, a right to what kind of housing?
the right to housing is to be a law, with a deadline and some
precipitate constraints therefore, it's to be feared that it will end
up in buildings of a type everybody hopes is to disappear: "social
housing" of the rabbit hutch type, that is, the very type they have
been dynamiting for a while more or less over the country.
Parisian social worker has sent me statistics not made out from forms
with boxes to be ticked, but made out from direct contact with homeless
people. Less than one out of three of the homeless who put up in the
tents of "Don Quixote's Children" non-profit organization for the
holidays (see picture), was in basic need of "a roof or shelter over
his or her head." The others, more than two out of three, were badly in
need of "a home", "his or her own home," "a nice cosy place." The
difference is essential, it means that the problem does not lie in a
matter of walls, but in a matter of heartwarming.
that a sensitive man forms an idea of in his heart, are not staircases,
doors and plumbing fixtures piled up. They are places of joy and
good. Places of happiness. The Father has formed an idea of them
for millennia; he reminded us of it in 1974: But whatever does the
tempter offer, he who can create nothing, neither joy nor good? Have I
not built cozy (or warm) houses (Rev of Ares 26/8)?
Cozy or warm houses are not places where
central heating, though perfectly likeable, would be fundamental. They
are houses where the warmth of love, of peace, of freedom,
where it's nice living and which do not necessarily meet the
requirements of the technical and sanitary agencies. What sort of law,
what "opposable right to housing" could guarantee housing where it's
nice living? No law, no right whatever could, because happiness eludes
every definition of a code of housing procedure. But it does not elude
the definitions of happiness that The Revelation of Ares
gives a reader who will not just leaf through it.
So a lot of the homeless, the guests of "Don Quixote's Children", a
praiseworthy non-profit organization, were not animals in search of
clean cages, but men in search of a home outside the door of
which the child screams with joy (Rev of Ares XXVII/10), even
though it was a hut open on to the magnificient Creation, surrounded by
souls, goodness, bounty, laughter, mercy, freedom,
A lot of the homeless once lived in low-rent apartment buildings made
of plaster and steel, low-rent apartment buildings which their young
tenants, whose rebellion against the lack of beauty (Rev of Ares
is very uninhibited, quickly cover with graffiti so that they may look
different from a prison. The low-rent apartment buildings have made a
lot of the homeless turn homeless.
What is "opposable" to "social
issues" in politicians' rhetorics is all that we Ares Pilgrims urge the
world to see, understand and be. Our
mission does not ignore social issues, it spiritualizes them, because
to the Creator and to us mankind is definitively, essentially spiritual.
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