First off, I’m sorry to use coarse language.
But the statement “Beggars can’t be choosers”, really *really* pisses me off.
It perpetuates the mindset that you are better than the beggar. That you know better than they know. That you’ve made better life choices than they did.
And, you know what? It’s pure bull crap.
Sometimes in life, you hit a low point. Sometimes a point so low that you can’t see a way out of it. So, you need help from others. Someone to lean on while you get back on your feet.. Even if it takes years to break out of the struggle to survive.
You need the kindness of a stranger. Not their pity. Not their ‘I’m better than you’ attitude. Or even the feeling of “I’m doing you a service [so you owe me]”.
Those kinds of attitudes don’t help you or the person you’re ‘helping’.
Just because someone is at a low point, sleeping in the alley, on a park bench, under a bridge does not mean they have to take/accept whatever they’re handed. They do not have to eat the moldy leftovers from your lunch four days ago.
Beggars can choose. They’re sentient beings. They have the same rights, wills, and dreams.. like you have. They deserve to be treated with dignity.
So.. Be Nice! Help a fellow human out any time you can. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas.
And, as always: “Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.”.