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Middle Class and Homeless | David Raether | TEDxAmherst

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This guy was homeless for TWO years. 
Not a drug addict, nor an alcoholic, nor a criminal.
He failed however: his career ended. His financial savings vanished. He lost his house. His family broke apart. And he ended up homeless and alone.
 
It was an incredible experience and one that shaped him in many ways… It was very hard for him.
 
He worked on the Rosanne show as a TV comedic writing. He got paid a lot of money. It was HEAVEN for him, but not for his family and children.
 
SHAME. 
In America, it is shameful to be poor. And one of the things I learned is NO, IT IS NOT SHAMEFUL TO BE POOR. 
BEING POOR AND HOMELESS IS PAINFUL, DIFFICULT, AND SHAMEFUL, BUT IT IS NOT SHAMEFUL.
I know what i can endure. 
And I’ll have a great story when I get to the other side

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