Nolan C. 
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Re: “Adam Shepard's Scratch Beginnings is kind, compassionate, and naïve

I will disagree with your comment Ron. Firstly, whether his political views fall to either the left or right, I don't see why it matters here. Second, do you honestly believe he wasn't trying to further himself even though he tweaked his history? Seems a little out there. How many people just collect food stamps and still do nothing for themselves? At least he was out there pretty close to everyday looking for a job. To bring race up too was unfair, there are numerous homeless white people out there as well, so to play that card was low. Sure, in real life Adam may have had a more solid background with being a college grad and gifted athlete. And sure, that may have been a factor to help make him a socially stronger individual but that doesn't mean much if a person doesn't apply it. Would you personally do what he did? Would you take yourself from your own environment with close to nothing to go to the streets of a rough neighborhood for a few months until you were stabilized? I highly doubt it. I have a full Hispanic background on my mother's side and full Caucasian on my father's and I can say it wasn't easy for either of my prior generations [regardless of their race and ethnicity] but I never heard complaints from stories over the years of how rough it was, they just made it happen. They did what had to be done and like the book sends the message that one must be assertive and have an incredible drive to improve their situation. Take Shepard's attitude and persona as you will, but don't knock his accomplishments. What Shepard did from what he had is amazing no matter how you look at it. And yeah he had to doctor up a past that wasn't his and if you want to judge him from a "spiritual perspective" sure go ahead, that's your own right. Do not use that though to demean what he was able to do in those 9-10 months because he was at least TRYING and succeeded.. I don't remember Adam saying that this is something EVERYONE should do either. If you read the book (and perhaps even payed attention), he doesn't so much deliver that or want you to interpret that it's the "American Dream" but rather it is possible to better yourself in a relatively short period of time to move closer to your own ambitions. He mentioned in an interview after the publishing that everyone's opinion of the "American dream" will be at least a little different anyways and it's something one could do for his/herself to have a great start. So to me you're making it sound like this is the only dream out there people can obtain. I'm not bashing you for your opinion but I am saying that you should lighten up a little and don't be so narrow minded.

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Posted by Nolan C. on February 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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