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Being and Homelessness by John H. Sibley
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Jun 04, 12


It was impressed upon me in childhood that homeless people choose that path, either because they don’t want to work or are otherwise rebelling against society. Of course, now I understand about mental illness, addiction, and other contributing factors, but it never occurred to me until after I read John H. Sibley’s incredible story that ending up on the street could have easily happened to me or you or anyone dealt a crummy hand in life. Many of us would not overcome such an ordeal as he painted in his remarkable memoir. It is hard to imagine someone so gifted ending up in such a situation, but it is clearly that gift that kept him from staying there. His desire for understanding his place in the world, no doubt, gave him the inspiration to change his destiny. Absolutely commendable!
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