Sunday, October 4, 2009

On Begging

I don’t often give money to beggars on the side of the road, for a number of reasons. The fact that I don’t earn very much money myself does play a bit of a role, but I think the biggest factor is that I don’t get much out of it. People say you should do it to feel good, to get the “warm fuzzy feeling”. Unfortunately, I don’t get those feelings. Maybe it makes me a horrible person, but I really don’t care. They say I should do it to make a difference in the world. I agree, it is possible to make a difference, bit by bit. But do I really want to encourage the idea that you can make money by doing nothing? A world where those who earn lose everything and those who don’t get given everything for free is not really a world I want to live in.

I’m not trying to discourage you from giving. If you do, then good for you. Please carry on. I’d hate to see people starve because of something I’ve said.

A week or two ago, I saw a beggar that I had to give money to. It was a teenager wearing tattered clothes, and barefoot on the hot tar. He was carrying a worn cardboard sign, reading “No food, no job. Seven children to feed, and all my girlfriends and both wives are pregnant. Please help.” As he passed my car, I watched him in the rear-view mirror. The back of his sign read “My dog ate my brother’s soccer boots and got arrested. I need money for the bail. Please help.” Whoever he is, even if he's a multi-millionaire, he deserves every cent he was given.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that was some candid camera thing. LMAO!!