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by FiveBoxes Staff | 2008-03-01 10:07 

(The Entitlement Nation, Part I | The Entitlement Nation, Part II | The Entitlement Nation, Part III | The Entitlement Nation, Part IV | The Entitlement Nation, Part V)

How many times have you heard, "I vote for the guys who are concerned about the little guy, because the government needs to take care of the little guy." How many people say, "The American Dream is dead." How many people, with $25 to their name, would sit back and say, "I need the government to take care of me." But out of this morass of helplessness, from under the rock of entitlement, comes this story:

Alone on a dark gritty street, Adam Shepard searched for a homeless shelter. He had a gym bag, $25, and little else. A former college athlete with a bachelor’s degree, Mr. Shepard had left a comfortable life with supportive parents in Raleigh, N.C. Now he was an outsider on the wrong side of the tracks in Charleston, S.C. But Shepard’s descent into poverty in the summer of 2006 was no accident. Shortly after graduating from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., he intentionally left his parents’ home to test the vivacity of the American Dream. His goal: to have a furnished apartment, a car, and $2,500 in savings within a year. To make his quest even more challenging, he decided not to use any of his previous contacts or mention his education.

Be sure to read the full article & interview here: Homeless: Can you build a life from $25? | And when you’re done, be sure to pick up a copy of Chris Gardner’s story, The Pursuit of Happyness, or watch the movie starring Will Smith. The American Dream is alive and well, but it is up to each one of us to find it within ourselves.

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