Response To Dumpster Diving

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Dumpster Diving Response Lars Eighner’s “Dumpster Diving” changed my beliefs of the homeless by giving insight on what it truly means to be a scavenger. My original thoughts of people living on the streets are that they were lazy high school drop outs, alcoholics, or drug addicts that could not sustain any job. I have not actually talked to a homeless person to hear their side of the story, but my assumptions were based off of my personal experiences with the homeless. One time my father and I were walking up to the entrance of a McDonalds in Sacramento, and this man was asking for change. He was obviously homeless, but the part of me that felt sorry for the guy and wanted to give him change was quickly stopped by the curious side that was asking why the man had scars up and down his arms and a dog in his possession. I thought it was strange he had a dog because if he couldn’t take care of himself why try to take care of the dog. Also, when I watch the news sometimes the reporter talks about the loss of jobs and how desperate people are in need of jobs, but the people on the streets who seem to need it the most are always asking for change or laying on a bench or the bare ground not pro-actively seeking jobs. Although, after reading “Dumpster Diving” I thought about specifically these two instances and maybe what background these men came from. For example, when Eighner is talking about value of material objects and says “I do not suppose that ideas are immortal, but certainly they are longer lived than material objects” (Eighner 184), I instantly thought of the man with his dog and that maybe the dog, besides keeping him company, reminds him of an earlier life of fun without all of his worries. “…all came from Dumpsters. And, yes, I eat from Dumpsters, too” (Eighner 182), after I read this section of the story I thought maybe someone actually prefers to live
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