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thoughtcassette is a lifelong art project created by Denver Lewis, focused on visual poetry & prose.

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Everything I need to know I learned from Robin Hood.

Denver Pittman

We live in a self-aggrandizing, self-absorbed and totally self-destructive world. In the very pitfalls of the economy, naturally we wonder what will we lose next? What is left to go: our houses, our jobs, our lives? What do we have left to stand on when our lives are pulled from beneath us? But what if we never had anything to stand on originally—no family, no home, no home for a better life. 1 in every 50 children in the United States is homeless. Common conceptions that you are brought Home from the hospital, Home is where the heart is, and who says you can’t go Home are all examples of rhetoric that splashes the idea of belonging upon what it is like to be American. But what happens to the ones who cannot understand this concept, this idea. Questioning whether one can move forward when he knows not his past is a grand conception in regards to the homelessness in American society. Currently, trends are showing that less overt homelessness that is cropping from the economic downturn. More and more, “hidden homeless” are staying with friends for weeks and considering shelters permanent residency due to job losses and cut funds. Yet, shelters overflow and homelessness rears its ugly head. It is a global problem, and one that most cannot begin to fathom; however, a change must come in regards to public opinion of the disastrous phenomenon. Many argue that this immense homelessness has more to do with economics than one would like to entertain. The widening cost of housing matched with the cessation of work and pay decrease have caused the gap between the rich and the poor to widen. Robin Hood had it right all along. This gap has caused the middle class to virtually shrink. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Such is the duality of American economics. Hmph.