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reply to post by CX
why do you feel guilt over utilizing your resources?
Yes, have compassion for your fellow man. I agree. but when you already live modestly, why lower your living standards? Just so you aren't guilty?
I have known several homeless folks over the years. I have known several low income folks over the years. While there are no rules as to who is homeless, one thing that you will notice is that homeless people typicall have behaviors and viewpoints that put them in that position.
I tell managers who manage lower income workers to expect the drama. Their employees work for lower wages for a reason. It isn't voluntary....people don't prefer it. So there is a reason why someone making minimum wage is making minimum wage (at least in our West Texas economy).
While reserving some of your compassion for the homeless, remember to have more compassion for the guy who pays your bills by working: you.
reply to post by Advantage
I've had both very negative and very positive interactions with homeless people.
One guy asked for money so he could buy a sandwich so I gave him a sandwich which he threw back at me.
Another time I picked up a guy hitchhiking in zero degree weather on Christmas Eve who said he had no place to go. He ended up spending Christmas in my home with 2 small kids (my wife was nearly livid). He found a job within a week and remained a friend for many years.
Some people are homeless due to addictions.
We should treat the addiction instead of punishing the poverty.
Some are homeless by choice and enjoy the complete lack of responsibility - fine, but then we have no responsibility towards them either.
Bravo CX. You have a big heart and I thank you for doing what you can to help these people.
We can all do a little more than we do already.edit on 21-11-2013 by Asktheanimals because: (no reason given)
I wondered if anyone else felt this way? Have you met someone or a group of people thar totaly changed how you live your life and think of others?
edit on 21/11/13 by CX because: spelling