Attempting to study causes of lack of solidarity with the poor can provide insight into the challenges faced by marginalized groups. It can also help develop social and structural change. Solidarity is a Christian virtue and a moral virtue, and both require practice. When practiced, solidarity helps to create conditions conducive to the development of positive developmental trajectories. It involves active participation in the common good by all.
Solidarity is an important Christian virtue that develops in three stages. The first step involves awareness of interdependence and moral obligations. The second step involves a willingness to take the risk of solidarity. This is what Pope John Paul II called the “virtue of solidarity”. The third step involves moral commitment. The fourth step is the development of the ability to participate in the universal common good.
It is important to note that overcoming homelessness is not only the result of solidarity, but also the result of other factors. Among these, strong solidarity networks are crucial in overcoming homelessness. Moreover, it was found that the participants’ perceptions of solidarity and their ability to participate in solidarity actions positively correlated with their perceived wellbeing.
Developing a strong network of solidarity is not only essential for overcoming homelessness, but also for improving the general wellbeing of people. It has also been found that solidarity attitudes develop in response to actions performed by friends and family. This can be seen in the examples of solidarity demonstrations that were organized by a local community of volunteers. This type of action also develops positive attitudes and enthusiasm for life.
Solidarity is a complex idea that requires a different mindset to be sustained. The idea is associated with theological anthropology and theology, and it re-emerges in contemporary philosophy and social science. The Second Vatican Council uses it in three distinct ways. It emphasizes the dignity of the human person and encourages the active participation of all in the common good.
The practice of solidarity is considered essential for building and maintaining social solidarity in complex societies. It is also associated with higher levels of resilience. Developing a strong network of solidarity also helps to improve the personal resources of homeless people.
This study investigated the impact of solidarity attitudes on the wellbeing of people who were homeless in Barcelona. The researchers conducted interviews with 20 people aged 35 to 70 who had been homeless in recent years. The interviews were conducted using a communitative methodology, allowing for egalitarian dialogue between researchers and participants. Participants discussed their experiences of being homeless, their perceptions of the importance of solidarity and the role of solidarity networks in their recovery. Participants credited their recovery to their solidarity networks and friends. They stressed that they needed more than just physical supplies. Moreover, participants stressed the importance of the solidarity attitudes of their mates on the streets.
The study aimed to determine the impact of solidarity attitudes on the wellbeing of participants and to identify the main barriers to achieve solidarity. It was found that there were two main barriers to the development of solidarity attitudes: indifference and a throwaway culture. The findings are discussed in light of social sciences literature and psychological knowledge.