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Why be surprised that a homeless person knows a lot of things. Many homeless people are not "losers" -- they're winners of sorts.

Not winners in the sense of being successful or in control of one's destiny, of course, but in the sense of being slave to no one and fooled by no ideology. They're real-life Diogenes.

I am surprised by this view. Most homeless people I've met who would not jump at the chance for a decent place to live are either mentally ill, addicted to something, or both. The other kind, the middle class kid having a time of exploration I don't really consider homeless. I think it's a wonderful thing to do, but is a very different situation.

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