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Home: An Analysis

All creatures have a basic instinct to find shelter. Animals and humans alike. Now, if you’ve read this far, you have probably realized that this is not a conventional essay. It has a basis on fact (or as much that Google can give). Anyway, back to the article. To me, we choose to find more than just four pieces of drywall, and a tiled roof. We find a place to make memories and be happy. My own room isn’t bare. It has an aquarium, a bed, posters etc. It means not only to live, but thrive. We all have a house; animals, insects, and us. But they lack a home. A place to thrive. Not physically, but emotionally. Now we can be ourselves at home. We can be weird, creepy, dark, or awesome. Now let's imagine you don’t have one. No house, not even a home. Just out on the streets. In Winnipeg (my home in 2021) there were 1127 (source: thehomlesshub) people who had no permanent residence. This is bad. This year, the population of Winnipeg is about 841, 000(source: themacrotrends) people. That may only seem like a small slice of the pie, but it should really be 0. Let's fix that. Moving on, animals and humans have pretty different views on housing. Animals see a safe place to live and raise their young. But humans (I know I keep repeating this, but it’s important) find a place to thrive. We like comfort, safety, and entertainment. Yet us, so advanced, have a huge total slice of people who couldn’t find housing. Yes, on the scientific side of the paper, a house is important. But really, maybe a home is more.


Grade 6

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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