In one word, karma. A word originated from Buddhist and Hinduism but I say the concept of what-goes-around-comes-around is omnipresent everywhere, regardless of faith and religion.
Even Confucius' "己所不欲, 勿施于人" is very much the same idea behind it.
Well, this entry came out after CowBoyCaleb's entry of our beer and burger night last week when he touched on the topic of retribution, something that I hold very close to my heart.
Over here in Spitland, I see less fortunate people everywhere, everyday and I often think to myself that I could easily be one of them tomorrow, if fate would script my life to be like that. Hope not.
What made me intervened the Habanero Sauce incident remained a mystery to me. I just stuck out my hand to stop the friend without a second thought. Instinct?
To be frank, I am no saint as I have turned away countless number of beggars on the streets every other day. It's not that I don't want to help but there are so many scammers out there to a point that you no longer know who are the people who really needed help? How do you give money to a well dressed beggar? Even handicapped beggars without a leg or two are highly suspect in spite of their obvious condition. However, given that the news regularly report of cases where crime syndicates were buying these handicapped children from poor farmers to work for them as sob-story beggars, how do I know if the money I give actually goes to the beggar?
As heartless as I may sound, I don't give money to the beggars. Had it been me, I wouldn't even offer that last piece of pizza that night to that "syndicated beggar". However, that would be as far as I would go. Pulling a prank on them would have crossed the line for me.
You simply cannot kick people when they are down. That is just wrong.
Well, it's not that I do not donate to charity either. I do and I support Adrian's RunForFunds project. Granted this year, due to personal reasons, I am unable to make a monetary donation, I would make it up next year when situation improves. In the interim, I will continue to support the RunForFunds project in every other way that I am able to.
Some of you may know that a few friends and I are also helping a number of students financially and/or non-financially with their studies. It is my most heartfelt wish that they would be able to complete their studies and make themselves useful people of society and to pay us back by forwarding the assistance and care to the next student-in-need.
And I was thinking. Who knows if one fine day, if I were to be out of a job (touch wood), these would be the folks who would step forward to lend me a hand?
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1. sunflower left...
Saturday, 15 March 2008 12:57 amJay, u not the only one... in sg alot of beggar liao... i oso din donate sometimes.... =.=
2. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 15 March 2008 12:25 pm ::sunflower: I guess my point in this entry is that if there is someone in need of help and you chose not to assist. That's fine since you don't owe it to anybody to have to help. It is your call. However, I draw the line against kicking people when they are down.
3. Faith Sim left...
Monday, 17 March 2008 10:50 am :: http://faithstransientlife.blogspot.comI don't believe in giving money to beggers. Why should I? Especially children. Giving money to children, just reinforces in them that they don't have to work and they'll be able to get money just by stretching their hands out. I give to charity. But in my point of view, giving to charity, it should be be in the situation that when we give, we don't give with loud bells and cymbals sounding. I believe that when we give, the right hand should not let the left hand know. I can't stand those people who give just for the sake for getting recognition and getting fame.
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Tuesday, 18 March 2008 4:43 pm ::Faith Sim: It is hard to do this on an absolute basis since every case is different. I do help the needy but only after I have established that my assistance could and would be put to effective use. Otherwise, I will walk away.