Thoughts on Beggars

Damasias (@nan0fire) 9 years, 2 months ago

Living in Paris, I get my daily portion of beggars every time I use public transport or when just walking about.
I hate being unkind, yet I’ve developed a certain immunity against people who ask for money. Oftentimes the passing beggar that I just turned down leaves me thinking that it doesn’t have to be this way.I wish there was something there could be done for them, because giving money clearly isn’t a solution. The fact that they’re beggars, to me is living proof that they’re not particularly ‘skilled’ at using it right.
I usually rather give them something to eat.
In the Netherlands they have these centers where they can go and sleep at least.. but that doesn’t seem to exist everywhere. So what are you thinking about all this, about beggars in general. Is it just ‘normal’ and should everyone accept it that they’re there?
Has anyone thought of a solution to this annoying and inhumane phenomenon?

March 5, 2013 at 12:23 am
TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@nan0fire, eh, I always try to keep my distance on the chance that the beggars are looking for someone to take their anger and frustration out on, I can imagine being a beggar is a very angry and frustrating life. I think you’re right in that food is better to give them than money, because like anyone they need food to live, so at least one of their basic living needs will be met in the short term. Giving them money isn’t going to help really, because the things they need most are food, clothing, and shelter anyway, so it’s best to just give those things directly I say, versus giving money, which could be misspent, lost, stolen, or anything else. The point I’m making isn’t judging the beggars, it’s just that living beings don’t need pieces of paper with kings on them, functionally it’s just a piece of paper. They need food, warmth, and so on.

I don’t think we can judge beggars too harshly either as to why they are there, it could be for any number or combination of reasons. And we never know when our own personal luck may turn for the worse, just something I think in general that it’s not good to look down on people because someday that might be you, no matter how well-made your plans may be. I see beggars as society failing the individual, not the other way around. Society only fosters people with certain skills and interests, and while the spectrum is very broad it does not include everyone.

As long as having a home is not recognized as a human right, I don’t think this problem can be solved within the constraints of the current paradigm. The only solution I can see within the system is to prevent it before it happens, try to teach people self-sufficiency as much as possible.

BriGuy (106) (@iambrian) 9 years, 2 months ago ago

@nan0fire, I think about this sometimes as well. The word “Begger” is a rather negative label with a bad stigma. The thing is, they’re people too. Just like you and I. The way they choose to live is different however. Money is evil, that’s how the saying goes. This saying is often represented when giving money to a homeless individual.

I don’t live in a big city, but I do go into the city sometimes and usually come across a homeless person who asks for money. Think of it like buying Christmas or birthday presents for someone. You could easily give them money, but you’d much rather buy them a gift. When someone is living on the streets, and doesn’t know when their next meal is, or doesn’t get to eat quite often, food is a great gift. Money is probably what put them in that situation anyway.

Maybe even a conversation?

I think most people actually fear homeless people. Or maybe its just disgust for them….
Whatever it may be, again they ARE people. One has no reason to fear them if they have no reason to fear strangers in a cafe or in an office.

Talk to them! Ask them how they are, ask them what they think about so and so….
People need human interaction, and the stigma that homeless people have makes many of them quite lonely.

So that’s how I feel.

If you see someone who is homeless,
Buy them some food,
Talk to them,
Maybe even buy them, a jacket, socks, shoes, a bag, or new clothing that they might need if they are lacking.

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