“The homeless have their own way of living too. We can have a very decent life,” says Simon Lee, a 52-year old man who decided to leave his middle-class status to live happily on the streets. Despite having a degree in chemistry and having a stable job, he decided to leave this all behind to pursue a liberating life.
From South China Morning Post:
“In the many years since I’ve been homeless, I’ve never met any other person who was homeless by choice. I’m a bit of an oddball,” the eloquent and soft-spoken Lee says.
Lee lived on social aid back in Hong Kong, including Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, and slept in a public shelter for five months.
But he did not like his surroundings as other residents often fought with one another.
He therefore decided to try and emulate his vagrant Macau lifestyle by sleeping in Victoria Park.
“To me, it’s liberating. I don’t pay rent, I don’t have to buy a house, I can sleep anywhere. Street sleeping solved a lot of my problems,” he says.
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