Date
24 March 2017
James Fruzer created these 'parasitic sleeping pods', which are lightweight, modular and accessible by ladder, to provide the homeless in London with a safer place to stay. Photo: upworthy.com
James Fruzer created these 'parasitic sleeping pods', which are lightweight, modular and accessible by ladder, to provide the homeless in London with a safer place to stay. Photo: upworthy.com

What would you do if you saw a homeless person?

I once heard at a church gathering how a Christian took a homeless man to his place, cleaned him up, fed him and let him stay for a period.

A person with such a big heart is truly exceptional.

James Furzer, an architectural technician in Britain, took a different approach.

He created what he called a “parasitic sleeping pod” to provide a safe space for the homeless to rest their head and shield them against severe weather or street violence.

Furzer did that for a simple reason: homeless people are people too.

“I feel it is the duty of us as humans to be compassionate to others in need and not treat them as vermin,” story-sharing website Upworthy quoted Furzer as saying.

He hopes his design can inspire a shift in the mindset of the public toward the homeless.

The majority of Hongkongers probably couldn’t care less.

Typically, one would walk faster to get away from the homeless as quickly as possible.

This is not good, but sometimes the homeless are treated worse.

A few weeks ago, when our city was experiencing a severe cold snap, with temperatures dropping below freezing in some places, a Highways Department worker was caught on camera spraying water from a high-pressure hose to clean the wall of a tunnel, paying little attention to the homeless people sleeping in the tunnel.

While he wasn’t wrong to carry out his duty, he should have been aware that the homeless people were bound to get wet.

“My blanket is still wet this morning,” one of them told a blogger.

Already showing zero intention to help the homeless, it’s too bad these government workers were rubbing salt into their wounds.

Govt under fire over ‘inconsiderate’ subway cleaning (Jan. 25, 2016)

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