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I’m not often or easily offended, but, as much as I love the techie site Gizmodo, this article kind of … infuriates me. I’m not sure if it’s possible to be kind of infuriated, but bear with me.

The post, I’m Homeless and This Is Why I Have an iPad, depicts a man against a graffiti’d wall, with a sign asking for donations stuck to the screen of laptop computer, while he holds an iPad. I hate that this article perpetuates the notion that the homeless choose their fate and, worse, that they choose to beg for money while enjoying luxuries that many of us cannot afford. Here is how the man describes himself:

I’m homeless, very homeless, dirt broke and all, but I still own an iPad and a MSI Wind u130 netbook. These, I feel, are essential tools … Being without a home is not that big a deal in today’s world, but having connections to the rest of the world is pretty important.

Choice

I am homeless by choice, I gave away and sold all my belongings in Los Angeles and moved to Paris. My tourist visa is expired. I’m definitely not allowed to be here, but I still work when I want, and tend to pretty much live the life of Riley. But when I need to get in contact with someone, from a friend to the Paris transportation authority to complain about a misfared ticket, it’s hard to work without McDonald’s Wi-Fi.

I’m no expert on this issue, but I know enough to understand that homelessness is almost never a choice. How many people would choose hunger, 100-degree heat, 20-degree cold, mosquitos, rain-soaked clothing, fear for personal safety, humiliation and loss of human dignity? The life of Riley? Not on my planet.

The guy in the Gizmodo post is free to do as he wishes, obviously enjoys his lifestyle and has resources that would allow him to change it if he wished to do so. This is not true for the majority of the homeless, who need our prayers, our support and our help — as God commands us to do.

If you want to be further annoyed and irritated, read the rest of the post.

Thoughts?

Photo credit: Flickr.com Creative Commons by Tony Alter.

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