It is inevitable that I will have to interact with certain individuals who are miserable, bitter, gloomy, or just unpleasant, but mostly I try to avoid unsavory types and if I can’t, then I will ignore them. It is hard to avoid thinking about someone who is suffering from an illness or an affliction, and other than donating to charity, I really don’t know how to help them. Sometimes I see beggars at stop lights with signs asking for donations, but I read that a lot of these people are fakes, and they make more money than I do, so I usually drive right past them. If they are missing a limb, then I would have more sympathy for them, but I feel that most beggars are probably just too lazy to get a job. If I give money to the panhandler, then they might just use it to buy drugs, so I think the money would be better spent on a legitimate charity. One person can’t help everyone, and I can only give what I feel I am comfortable giving. I don’t want to be seen as someone that is inhumane, but I don’t know what is causing their anguish. I want them to be happy and I want their suffering to end, but I have my own problems to deal with, so I see that them going through a bad patch or falling on hard times as just being part of life.
Written for Sadje’s Sunday Poser #100, where she asks us, “When you see someone in misery do you avoid thinking about it or do you do something about it?”