Your vision of hell may vary, but here’s what the homeless guy with the orange paint left for all to see this morning on the L.A. River Bike Path.
The actual view when I looked up comes after the jump …
Not so hellish as it was yesterday, apparently.
The air quality still sucks – scant evidence of the horrors going on at the firelines inland – but is L.A. hell right now? Do you need to be homeless – whether by long, drawn-out circumstances of life or by sudden catastrophic fire – to consider this Hell?
You be the judge.
Check beneath the image for some other perspectives on Life in Hell.
Here’s a snippet from Why Californians Don’t Leave (Time.com):
As University of California Riverside fire ecologist Richard Minnich says, “What the hell are these people doing living in vegetation which at times behaves like gasoline? They should know better. Would you live in gasoline?” Minnich advocates public policy that stops approving development in fire danger areas without removing the natural fuel — a move that may require policymakers to overcome their own brain wiring.
Evolutionary theorists will point out that the brain’s risk assessment techniques are tied to the fight-or-flight response and probably serve to whittle down the human herd. For those of us who would rather avoid being thinned out, there is hope. Studies show that people can in fact train themselves to assess risks more accurately, even on the fly, by forcing themselves to estimate the frequency of events rather than simply picturing the last time they saw such an event. It might get more people out of their homes faster the next time. If so, it’ll offer us a much clearer risk picture than switching channels ever has.