I’m a left-of-center kind of guy, and I get a lot of gratification out of helping people in general, whether it’s donating time, teaching skills, counseling, or being somewhat lenient with persons who owe me money/service for whaterver reason. The one prerequisite people need to get my help is to take the initiative to help themselves.
Which brings me to the people-on-the-street-asking for-money thing. I can’t tell the con-artists from the people who can use the money to truly better their situation. I feel like the majority of the panhandlers I encounter in my Midwest medium-size city are not using the money to better their situation. And if they’re not doing anything to help themselves, I feel like my generosity is wasted and my good intentions are taken advantage of.
Please talk about if you give money, if you don’t, under what circumstances, and most importantly, why.