- Jun 11, 2020
- Carthage NC...Deep in the woods
- Kubota MX 5800, SkidPro 4 in 1, Ratchet rake, SkidPro pallet forks
“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but is often true.” — Spock
I consider myself to be very blessed. I think the times when I had very little and struggled, helped me have more appreciation and a better perspective of my life. The appreciation has caused empathy and compassion for others. Perspective causes me to have respect when I see others hard work and self sacrifice. As for the ones on the corner with the sign, I don’t mind helping someone if they need a meal, maybe they need a beer, or maybe I’m contributing to keeping them from breaking into my neighbors house. I would imagine standing out there with that sign has carry a lot of humiliation.Not that I'm stinkin' wealthy, but compared to growing up below the standardized poverty level we have far more than I would have ever imagined.
It's not so much that it's less pleasing as it is recognizing you (I) have a responsibility to do the right thing with my abundance. That is not fun or easy for me. I'd rather just hog it all and blow it. But I know that's not right, so I need to take the time to figure out how and where to apply it. And no, it's not throwing $100s at the guys standing on corners with signs.
I feel empathy and compassion for most. Yes I agree ,some are experts in begging at the street corner (better than burglarizing homes). I have talked with some over the recent years and discovered many different reasons for them being in their situation. Way too many to discuss here.Get to know some of those standing on the street corners by trying to hire them. You may, as I did, find out that they get more money per hour on the corner than you are willing to pay.
They are not dumb, and are smarter than those who toss them sympathy money.