Recently I heard a story about this guy who once asked a homeless man for a cigarette. At first, I thought to myself it’s probably wrong to ask a poor homeless person for anything, but I quickly reconsidered my feelings about this.
Besides the fact the guy would now have one less harmful cigarette to smoke, there’s an even more substantial benefit here. I bet that this homeless man actually felt some sense of pride. I assume its usually him that asks for the handout — whether it’s money, food, or whatever the case may be.
It’s kinda like when I visit my 90 year old grandmother and make her do my laundry. As an old person, society often looks down on her just for being old. Well, I make her feel young, and like she still can contribute to society.
Moral of the story is that I urge you not to hesitate to ask homeless people for favors — and then same goes for asking favors of the elderly and handicapped, too.
What can I say, I’m just all about treating people equally.