A Need for a home

Richard Bos Richard.Bos at hagcott.meganet.co.uk
Sun Sep 29 23:33:11 MDT 1996

Louis R Godena wrote:

> I visited his "home" later this afternoon and was struck again by the human
> need for richly nurturing surroundings that is so pervasive and so
> fundamental that wherever we are--at home,  at work,  on the road or on
> vacation and away from it all--we have to have places around us that nourish
> our eyes,  our ears and all our senses simultaneously to be able to flourish
> as human beings and feel at home with ourselves.
> Indeed,  there's now a lot of evidence that in any kind of diminished
> setting--not just in slums or in public schoolrooms 20 feet away from
> rumbling,  screeching elevated trains,  but also in places generally
> considered clean and neat and adequate to their purposes--our health can
> deteriorate,  and even our judgement can be impaired.    One hospital study
> found that patients recovering from surgery who could look our their windows
> and see leafy trees rather than blank brick walls required milder
> painkillers and revovered faster.   In fact,  they were released from the
> hospital almost two days sooner than patients who had to stare at a
> featureless and unchanging view.
> This is surely true of us as well.   Deprived of the kind of enriching,
> diversified and enlivening surroundings our minds respond to,   we limp
> along,  stranded in an almost prehuman situation.    If home is a safe spot
> that offers security and contentment,  a place that restores and sustains
> us,  where we can be both grounded and rooted,  then far too many people who
> seem to be adequately sheltered are,  in a more basic sense,  homeless.
> I wonder sometimes if,  amid the din, sweat and tears of building a future
> socialist society,  we will pause to recognize that an inviting,
> stimulating and supportive setting--at home or work--is a basic public
> health requirement,  a prerequisite for a developed human life.
> Louis (G)

Goodbye to your comrade Louis,

The main theme of our local party branch campaigning is on the health
and housing subject.

I live in an area that was once a small town, but is growing rapidly to
incorporate the surrounding villages and countryside. The development
has been reckless and without any thought for the parts of the community
who have not got a car. The centre of town have a wonderful glittery
shopping centre, theatre, library, etc., but all the surrounding housing
estates are lucky if they have a newspaper shop and off-liscense. The
supermarkets are all out-of-town.

As a result of all this we are starting to suffer some of the problems
that would be associated with inner cities. This area has the highest
infant mortality rate outside the inner cities; murders are almost daily
occurences; use of heroin is much higher than the national average.

I live in a part that is still rural, even so a new estate is being
build about half a mile from me which will double the size of my
village. Not one extra shop or community centre has been build. The
village school has had a few tempory buildings put up; how tempory I do
not know.

It is a difficult to persuade the people who have come to live here from
the cities that we have a problem. They see it as an improvement to
where they came from. The local youth are the ones who have suffered the
most. They can no longer afford to live and work locally, and have found
the changes traumatic.


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