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Upon watching all the videos on Facebook, I was struck by the particular video above where the guy pretends to be homeless and puts a sign in front of him that said “need money for drugs, alcohol, and weed” or something to that effect. The video moves forward as person after person contributes money to this guys cup with comments like “you do you bro” or “keep livin’ man.” The video progresses to a the same “homeless” guy with a little girl laying across his legs holding a sign that says “need money to feed my family,” or something to that extent. Person after person after person walked by, not giving them one cent. But then another homeless woman came up to them and gave them all she had, saying “you need this more than I do.” He then reveals to her that he wasn’t really homeless and that it was just a social experiment. He then gives her the money back along with $100 extra.
My issue with this video is the people that supported this homeless guy when the sign read that it would be used to buy alcohol and weed. What is this world coming to?!!! One of the biggest reasons that people don’t support homeless people and contribute to them financially is because we never know they are actually using it for food. So we choose not to give. You hear it all the time. Are these people rewarding this guys honesty? At least I know what he is using it for so I might as well give? Do we not really think? Do we not realize that supporting someone’s drug habit is also supporting them not being able to get a job? So many places of employment do drug testing before they hire you. Or is it that we don’t really care? Do we value the life of that homeless person so little that we will willingly contribute to the same vices that kill so many homeless people a year and land them in prison? A slightly more forward and aggressive, yet similar, situation would be a sign that says “trying to kill my self, need money for knife”. Would we willingly give to that too? The situations aren’t so dissimilar that you can’t draw a parallel.
Some may say, what do you care? It’s their life, if that what makes them happy, who are you to tell them they can’t? I take so many issues to that mindset. I had an uncle that died from alcohol abuse, he literally drank himself to death. If that is what made him happy, should I have bought him a six pack of his favorite brew? No, because I care too much. Sorry not sorry. That’s who I am. I value human life. Take that however you want to. It is what it is. I can’t support something that is completely damaging someone no matter how “good” it is making them feel.
There is some hope in this video. The homeless woman showed so much humility and generosity. She didn’t have any money to her name, only what she had on hand, yet she gave it anyway. It’s this type of selflessness that I hope to instill in my child. I wish I had a heart as big as this woman. Something tugged on that woman’s heartstrings that day. She valued human life. She knew in her heart of hearts that she would be ok, she would live at least another day, but she couldn’t say that for the man and his daughter. So she gave all she had. To her, everyone needs love. She gave them so much more than money, she gave them love.
I want my daughter to be the kind of person that puts others before herself. I want her to be the person that if an opportunity knocks to better someone else’s day or even their life, that she would take it. I want her to not be afraid to stand up for what she believes. I want her to be confident, strong, and loving to everyone. I want her to know that you can disagree with someone and still love them. I want her to be the best person she can be. I want her to value the life of others. Her heart is so big and full of love and I can’t wait to see what it can do in the future. She has to still go on dates with me of course. Now that’s just a given.