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How Should We React When We Encounter Homeless People?

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 137

How many times have you been on a vacation, or walked along a sidewalk in some town or city, and seen a person who you thought was homeless, begging for money, or sitting alone, looking like they haven't got a friend in the world, or they appear to not have eaten in a few days, or the weather is chilly and they are dressed only in a ragged shirt and pants.

I am sure at some time or the other you have witnessed such a site, and when you did, what was the reaction in your mind, or how did you react towards this person? Did you walk over and hand them a couple dollars, or maybe you went in a local store and bought a hoagie and a soda, and brought it out and gave it to them, or maybe you took the coat off you back and offered it to them so they could keep warm.

Maybe you did nothing, maybe you tried to look the other way; you pretended that the person in need was invisible to you. Maybe you were with a family member, or some friends or coworkers, and you felt too embarrassed to help the person in need. Or even worse, maybe you and your friends laughed at them as you passed by, or insulted them by calling them negative names.

Let me describe a very possible real life situation, and talk about a possible outcome:

Let's say you were walking down a city sidewalk and you came upon a person who appeared to be homeless sitting on a bench. Your eyes met this persons eyes as you passed by, but neither of you said anything. In fact after your eyes had met theirs, you turned your head in the other direction as you passed, pretending that the person was invisible to you.

You noticed the person appeared to be dirty looking, and had not shaved in some time, their clothes were torn and very soiled, the person might have even had a strong odor which you noticed as you passed them, and they might have even looked very slender, like they have not had much to eat in a long time.

You said nothing to this person and they said nothing to you either, but the pain in their eyes told you all you needed to know, as you passed them by, got into your vehicle and went on to wherever your destination was.

How do you think this person felt as you passed them by, maybe they stopped asking for help a long time ago, because of all the negative responses their pleas and cries for help had earned them. By the time they encountered you, they felt it was no use asking for help of any kind. They had in fact, gotten to the point where, sadness was their only thoughts, and maybe even thoughts of suicide were starting to come into their mind.

What if, after you had gotten into your vehicle and left, this person walked out into traffic in the path of a truck and committed suicide. Maybe they sat there on that bench, and had just said out loud, or to themselves mentally, just before they encountered you; 'I am at my end, if nobody cares enough to offer any help for me, I might as well kill myself', and when you passed them by, like they were invisible without even giving them a simple 'Hello!', you told them they were worthless, so they ended their life.

The next time you encounter such a person, don't look the other way as if they are invisible to you, look at them, and hear their cries for help, and in one way or another, help them.

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Robert W. Benjamin has been an avid writer for years, and he has hundreds of different articles published on the internet, on numerous subjects of interest. Robert enjoys many things, including; fishing, taking one day bus trips, computers, internet, sky gazing and walking.

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