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Old 02-22-2011, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Is it clear that he has never worked and does not collect disability, or take any help at all like food stamps?
One of the posters here gave us a link to his blog - perhaps you didn't notice it - which I spent about 15 minutes reading and scanning - didn't read everything in it of course. Unless we assume he is simply lying, no he does not collect disability or take any food stamps or similar. But yes, he used to hold some regular jobs, but decided he would renounce the usual ways of the world. This renunciation has a spiritual basis, which would be more familiar to a practitioner of Buddhism or Hinduism (about which I did a fair amount of reading several years ago).

While there is no way I would voluntarily accept his way of life, I do have a certain amount of respect for what he has done and the way in which he has done it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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In all the time I've been reading your posts, I've never been really surprised till now. Somehow I wouldn't have expected you to take this point of view. it is a fresh and unique perspective on an interesting debate (what is a freeloader, and is this gentleman one of them).
Thank you. I'm glad I'm complex enough to cause a few surprises.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:29 AM
 
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The OP posted on this board for a couple of months back in 2009 about his hobo philosophy and then disappeared (hallelujah). Why are we rehashing this nonsense now?
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Not a lifestyle I would want or wish for. Doesn't look all that great to me.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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Not a lifestyle I would want or wish for. Doesn't look all that great to me.
Of course not. I don't think there are more than one in a million Americans who would be the least interested in attempting to lead such a lifestyle. Like you, I would not be, although I have posted in a more sympathetic manner about it than many. In India there is more of a tradition of that sort of thing along religious lines. There are these "holy men" who have nothing but a bowl to eat out of and the clothes they wear (and some go naked). They have totally forsaken materialism. The subject of the OP was actually in India for a while and may have gotten his inspiration for this over there. (I read that in his blog.) It is just totally at variance with Western life in general, and probably most Eastern life too, and there is little common ground for discussion of it. The most basic underlying philosophical concepts are simply completely different. A Hindu or a Buddhist or a practitioner of Yoga (in the sense of a religious technique, not the yoga we go to at our gyms) would understand this better, although only a very small minority of Hindus, etc. follow this total poverty thing. It's just that they would have more respect for those who do.
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Of course not. I don't think there are more than one in a million Americans who would be the least interested in attempting to lead such a lifestyle. Like you, I would not be, although I have posted in a more sympathetic manner about it than many. In India there is more of a tradition of that sort of thing along religious lines. There are these "holy men" who have nothing but a bowl to eat out of and the clothes they wear (and some go naked). They have totally forsaken materialism. The subject of the OP was actually in India for a while and may have gotten his inspiration for this over there. (I read that in his blog.) It is just totally at variance with Western life in general, and probably most Eastern life too, and there is little common ground for discussion of it. The most basic underlying philosophical concepts are simply completely different. A Hindu or a Buddhist or a practitioner of Yoga (in the sense of a religious technique, not the yoga we go to at our gyms) would understand this better, although only a very small minority of Hindus, etc. follow this total poverty thing. It's just that they would have more respect for those who do.
It's kind of humorously (or sadly) ironic that millions of people worship Buddha and Jesus and revere St Francis but would never deign to live like them and follow their principles. Jesus, in the Essene gospels, advocated vegetarian diet and nonmaterial lifestyle, he was after all born to very poor parents and never did quite get his own pad, let alone a McMansion. Buddha and St Francis both eschewed their wealthy backgrounds and went out into the world with nothing. Interesting what our ideas are today of these figures that people worship, pray to, etc.
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Old 11-25-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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This man has it all
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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It's kind of humorously (or sadly) ironic that millions of people worship Buddha and Jesus and revere St Francis but would never deign to live like them and follow their principles. Jesus, in the Essene gospels, advocated vegetarian diet and nonmaterial lifestyle, he was after all born to very poor parents and never did quite get his own pad, let alone a McMansion. Buddha and St Francis both eschewed their wealthy backgrounds and went out into the world with nothing. Interesting what our ideas are today of these figures that people worship, pray to, etc.
Sorry babe, When the Jews were wandering in the wilderness in addition to manna God sent birds.

There are detailed instructions about HOW to prepare meat...

God doesn't go back on his instructions.

Care to try again?
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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The OP posted on this board for a couple of months back in 2009 about his hobo philosophy and then disappeared (hallelujah). Why are we rehashing this nonsense now?
Well, the rehashing has started up once again. Although your post is 9 or 10 months old, I say if this doesn't interest you, don't participate in the thread. The answer to your question is obvious - people find this interesting. And there is quite a difference between a hobo and the subject of the OP. A hobo uses money; he may work for a few hours, a day, or a few days in order to get a little money. Or he may panhandle for money in order to buy a few necessities. Our subject does not use money at all - it is a totally different approach.

By the way, interest is not the same as approval, and interest is not the same as a desire to emulate. But this guy interests me. Why do you feel a need to put him down?
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