In a recent article in “Der Spiegel” I was astonished to read a report on the latest developments of the tourism industry. The article featured a woman in the UK as a representative for a new line of tour guides. The kick for the visitor who goes on sightseeing adventures in London is that now he or she can pay to see the city through the eyes of homeless people.

The article explains how visitors are guided through town from one landmark to the next, whereby the places around the landmarks, the areas where homeless people find refuge in their struggle for survival are being visited. The tours are advertised as alternatives to the conventional London tours.  Months ago the woman interviewed for the article was homeless herself but managed to step out of her misery. It is even mentioned that she now can rent a flat.

In an effort to justify this ridiculous commodification of poverty and struggle, the author makes sure to mention that the woman is able to keep most of the money she makes on showing homeless squatting places to tourists. Thus in an underhanded manner, it is justified that the money goes back to the community and this is understood as  benevolence.

What is not being realised here is that through the capitalistic system we have accepted as a system to manage our economies, we create interconnected cycles of abuse that spiral deeper and deeper, affecting all facets of life on earth. It is abusive to deny others shelter and food because they are not in the possession of money. Notwithstanding that, we continue our abusive acts along the same lines, as this example shows, by making homelessness the locale of entertainment.

We are so consumed by self-interest that we do not see the consequence of the abuse we create in this world. We are blinded because we cannot see beyond our competitive existence where we perceive it as “natural” law that there are winners and losers, and that winners watch losers’ misery as part of their recreational leisure time – here, in form of tourism.

From the article’s perspective, homelessness is seemingly a choice because the featured tour guide is portrayed as cheerful, charismatic woman who demonstrates exactly this point by lifting herself out of the state of homelessness on her own volition. The article therefore renders homelessness in a harmless light, which is as much of a choice as choosing to see London through the eyes of a homeless person.

By closer inspection, what this article is telling us is that there is no end to the interconnected cycles of abuse and suffering under the guise of culture and economy. These cycles are continually sprouting forth from the same starting point – the accepted and allowed self-enslavement we are all part of in how we use money to run our system. A system that devalues life through profit-making consumerism and illusion of free choice.

Evidently, to feed homeless people does not stop the interconnected cycles of abuse but keeps the basic dynamic in place. We need to realise that this is what we have signed up for, believing that whatever happens to others around us is not our business. If we were to eradicate homelessness we can only do so by changing the system in its entirety. It is futile to focus on one aspect of interconnected cycles of abuse knowing that the next abusive act is already on the way because it will generate profit for someone somewhere.

The only way we can stop the abuse is to stop ourselves and re-create ourselves by implementing a system of equality: The Equal Money System.

The Equal Money System is an economic system where money has only one function: to be used as an organisational tool for goods and services. All that is available in the Equal Money System is accessible to everyone equally.

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