Aug 18, 2010 - 2:43 pm
NOTE: I posted this almost two years ago in another forum on CSN. I kind of revisited the scenario yesterday after chemo. Well, not exactly since this person did not appear to have "health", they looked to have AIDS. They were panhandling on a street corner and looked to be in bad shape, they were in their 20's and had the purple blotches on their face. Rarely do I give money but often I get a sandwich and give them that instead. Giving them a sandwich certainly made their moment, I've rarely heard a bigger "THANKS MISTER" in my entire life.
I was in NYC last Friday to have a RFA done. It went very well, I did not have to stay the night at all. I was getting a ride back from my brother in law and on our way out of the city, he had to stop at a Whole Foods store. I decided to stay in the car, we were up in the Upper West Side, past Columbia University. Anyway, while I was hanging out in the car I noticed a guy who looked to be about 50 (like me) and appeared to be down on his luck. He was asking everyone how walked by if they had any spare change. If they said "no" then he would ask them "why not?". Some people walked past him doing there best to ignore him, one woman said that she had nothing now but on her return trip she would give him something. She did walk past 5 minutes later and did give him some change. The guy was heavyset and bearded, he wore a flannel shirt. Thankfully it wasn't that hot out but he did not look like he had his own apartment and most likely he probably stayed in a shelter. I have no basis for coming to these conclusions but often one can look at a situation and draw some conclusions.
So here is a thought that I had which I've had other times. Assuming that this person was in good health (aside from being overweight) he was an African American*, he looked to be homeless, jobless, and not well educated and he did not look to have a family life to speak of. He did not look to have many prospects either although he looked like he raked in about $5 in 10 minutes. So I ask, would you change places with him** given the chance so you could have health, but not a whole lot more.
*I only add that since I'm a Caucasian male and have not had to face issues that I would have had to face if I were an African American.