This episode finds Nicolas living in a very confused mixed reality surrounded by technology in an effort to obscure their own vulnerability to shelter issues. Still haunted by their brief experience with being shelterless half a decade ago, Nicolas attempts to process their feelings about the eviction of shelterless camps in Chico and Los Angeles and the limited paths to resolution. While taking the legal approach to challenging these evictions is the most viable it requires a massive amount of funding and is a long term approach. And, in the short term, direct action is unsustainable without mass. And, with a divided and desperate population mass appeal seems hard to come by.
In this episode Nicolas struggles with their own sense of integrity and their recent lapses as well as the lapses in integrity of other organizations and people around them. Nicolas really struggles with trying to find an honest path towards harm reduction.
In this episode Nicolas discusses trying to triage meeting the current demands of their life loosely informed by their understanding of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and The Wellness Recovery Action Plan. The former has proven to be more helpful as Nicolas works though their survival needs in hopes of being able to spend more time on meeting esteem needs.
In this episode Nicolas does their best to come up with a coping and survival mechanism for the times ahead. They conclude that the best approach is to develop a tight knit group of people that one can support and get support from. They also talk about their vote, the problematic mechanics of representation and the potential of the sociocratic mechanic. Finally, they mention their new flight sim service offers.
In this episode Nicolas indulges in some academic philosophical thinking by laying out their ideal government (direct democracy with socialist values). They then point out all the problems and land in a somewhat hopeful nowhere
In the face of a seemingly unwinnable political situation Nicolas finds themselves stuck and attempting to cope by analyzing the reality of the situation. Their words of wisdom? Think critically, laugh when possible and admit when stuck.
In this episode Nicolas goes on a somewhat coherent rant about the owners, the people they exploit, the fighting spirit and much more. The going theory being that it’s better to express than to bottle up.