Mindset today

If you give a beggar some money (to get by), do you believe you have helped (or you are helping) the beggar?

Would love to hear your thought.

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4 thoughts on “Mindset today

  1. Good question. I ask myself the same thing all the time, not just regarding beggars, but anyone. Is it really possible to “help” anyone? How can I know that what I’m doing is really helping? Maybe all the help I provide does not help at all? Maybe doing nothing is more helpful?

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    1. ☺ well, it is possible to help people. The only thing is to pay attention to what the “help” is going to generate in the course of the person’s life. However, giving a beggar money may be a nice thing to do but to claim that it is ‘help’ is a big turnoff from my perspective

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  2. I write about this topic quite frequently on my blog. I invite you to check it out. In order to answer your question as directly as I can via links, check out these:

    https://fatbeggars.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/why-all-the-worry-about-giving-a-few-dollars/

    https://fatbeggars.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/think-you-shouldnt-give-money-to-the-homeless-read-this/

    The short answer is: Yes. I give. Yes, I think it aids addiction sometimes. No. I don’t feel responsible for that. Nor do I think it adds to the problem. But I think we should be far more open and giving, and money can play a part in that.

    However, I think giving money is also the easy way to make the problem GO AWAY. I don’t mean solving it, I mean make it disappear from my radar. And so I also think giving money is the cheap way of serving, but it can play a part and my prejudice should not be a reason for withholding it.

    But really, even behind all that, I promote the idea that churches open their doors to the homeless AND then behind that (lets just say a vetting process happens somewhere in there) Christian homes with empty guest bedrooms should begin hosting those homeless people deemed reasonably house-broke or house friendly. Because at the end of the day, homeless people need a HOME.

    https://fatbeggars.wordpress.com/2016/12/17/homeless-people-need-a-home/

    Thanx for asking!

    Agent X
    Fat Beggars School of Prophets
    Lubbock, Texas (USA)

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    1. Just had the time to carefully consider your comment.

      Thoughtful, I must say. Very thoughtful. I read your blog posts. Often times many people try to change people’s minds about something without listening to the perspective of the other person. So I commend your perspective and I won’t try to change it. But I would like to show you a bigger picture.

      Your perspective is largely on the part of the giver. And so your argument is right. But from the perspective of the beggar, it doesn’t look that much alike. What the beggar needs (for his state to change) is more than money. Money can be used as a tool to make the beggar embrace what he needs. For example, a beggar needs a true and purposeful friend. A sincere person can win the heart of a beggar by first giving money. And through that the words of life of the sincere person can get to the heart of the beggar.

      Without debate, it is honorable to give what one can when asked by someone obviously in need. But if you want to make a difference in a life, give yourself (not money)

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