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  •  I dropped some patronizing, condescending (7+ / 0-)

    baggage I had been carrying around in a thread following a diary like this. I live in a metropolitan area with a mild climate. So, unsurprisingly, there are many panhandlers. In the thread, I disclosed my practice of not giving loose change to panhandlers who asked, since "they were only going to spend it on booze."

    Somebody in the thread piped up, "So they are going to spend the change you give them on a bottle. So? The person who asks you for money is living on the streets, without any comfort in this world. Given their predicament, and the small amounts of money they get from strangers, couldn't buying a bottle be their best choice? I give money to strangers who ask. And if I know that money is being spent on a bottle or cigarettes, under the circumstances, I'm fine with that."

    Those words definitely changed me. I still can't give money to most people who ask. But these days I wish I could.

    Thanks for the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 11:33:29 AM PST

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