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The homeless are "beyond civilization" because they're beyond the reach of civilization's hierarchy, which has been unable to develop a structural extension to enclose them. The most it can manage is to oppress, harry, and obstruct them. To accede to homelessness would be to "let them go," much as the biblical pharaoh let the Israelites go.

Beyond Civilization

"But the world didn't meekly submit to human rule, did it?"

"No."

"No, the world defied man. What man built up, the wind and rain tore down. The fields he cleared for his crops and his villages, the jungle fought to reclaim. The seeds he sowed, the birds snatched away. The shoots he nurtured, the insects nibbled. The harvest he stored, the mice plundered. The animals he bred and fed, the wolves and foxes stole away. The mountains, the rivers, and the oceans stood in their places and would not make way for him. The earthquake, the flood, the hurricane, the blizzard, and the drought would not disappear at his command."

"True."

"The world would not meekly submit to man's rule, so he had to do what to it?"

"He had to conquer it."

"Of course. In order to make himself the ruler of the world, man first had to conquer it."

Ishmael



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