We are so used to being in a state of perpetual emergency that we forget to collect a protection deposit until it’s too late.
And then we’ve got a whole bunch of uncollected protection deposit crap.
We see these in the films of The Shining, when we see the kids come to the door of the house and say, “I’m sorry I didn’t lock the door.” They have forgotten to collect their deposit, so they can’t pay their rent and so their parents are going to evict them. And so they’re just getting the hell out of there.
When you think about it, it makes perfect sense that we have gone to these lengths to avoid having to collect our protection deposits. We all know the drill. We should have paid our rent immediately. We should have been able to pay it in full yesterday.
Of course, kids never forget. We’re all aware of the principle for which we’re so well-known. We keep our rent receipts in the glove compartment of our cars, so our parents can’t just kick us out without paying, and we don’t remember to pay our deposit, and so we go without a deposit. But let’s also take a look at the principle that goes with that.
That principle is that we are all better off if we pay for our shelter in full. The reason is that if we don’t, we risk being homeless. We have to be able to pay our rent, and for that reason even if we don’t remember to pay our deposit, we are not guaranteed to be homeless. If we don’t pay our rent within a year, we can go without a deposit. If we pay it on time, we can go without a deposit.
That principle is true not only for the deposit, but for the whole concept of payment. Paying your rent or deposit does not mean you will be homeless. A place to sleep is one thing, but not paying your rent or deposit means you are homeless. The same goes for paying your rent. If you don’t pay your rent for a year, you can go without a deposit. If you pay your rent on time, you can go without a deposit.
This is an example of something I don’t like to use because it makes it sound like we are talking about people who are already on the street. If you are living in a place that is on the street, you can go without a deposit. If you are living in a place that is on the street, you are still going to have to pay your rent. The problem is that you also need a place to live.
This is why I don’t like being used as an example for the unCollected Protection Deposit. I would rather use the word ‘protection deposit’ because it implies that people have actually been threatened with eviction.
I mean, I have no problem paying rent, but if I could go without a protection deposit, that’s great. But if I don’t have a place to live, I am still expected to pay rent.