posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 10:19 PM
Originally posted by LargeFries
reply to post by Albastion
I was raised being told to always help those in need. A little kindness goes a long way. It's not always a dollar someone needs. They may just need
to have someone to listen to them talk. Maybe an elderly neighbor needs a few things as long as you are at the grocery.
This is true. I feel conflicted about giving to an individual rather than a group because it's true, the person could be buying narcotics or drugs.
You are correct however... The personal touch is important.
I am posting this here because I feel that some of the brightest minds that I have ever encountered frequent these forums, among the many types I
Clearly I am conflicted...
Normally I would be inclined to always give. At the same time, I (like all people) hate being interpersonally manipulated. Sometimes I look at a
person and I get a gut feeling, and I trust my gut. It is hard for me to trust individuals these days. Many of them just take an angle and use a
hook to try to manipulate you. Sometimes it really is a hard call whether or not to give to an individual. I'm not perfect, and sometimes I make
the wrong call.
Obviously I want more feedback, otherwise I wouldn't be posting here. When it comes to giving to people who are asking for money, do you always
give, always refuse to give, or is it a case-by-case thing? I'm not talking about people who represent a charity; I'm talking about the average
beggar on the street. I want to hear a well-reasoned explanation, and not someone who is just shooting from the hip. Does anyone have a set reason
to give or not give? If so, why or why not?