I think dreamers and eccentrics in our culture our looked at as acceptable rather than it was back then. And I think people today look at it as creativity and talent rather back then where they looked at them as crazy and didn't want anything to do with them. An example of a dreamer and eccentric in todays society is bill gates. He wanted to create something that everyone can use and so he created Microsoft.
My reading in Holding On is going okay so far, for me its not that interesting and I think that's probably why my active reading is not that good right now that's one of my weaknesses. My strengths are that i'm enjoying some of the stories in this book and that's where my active reading is at its best. One question for me is any of these people have a good life today?
One of the profiles that struck me the most is steam train. What I learned from this is there is a difference between a hobo and a bum, a hobo wants to work while a bum doesn't. A passage that I really liked was "A hobo never worried about being broke. He knew he could work for his breakfast, and he knew he could work for his dinner." The reason I like this because it really shows what a hobo is.