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Do immigrants,"travellers", "roma people", street beggers and ne're-do-wells in general, annoy you? Even the Pope recognises the temptation to feel hostile towards the needy.

It can be tempting to feel annoyed and irritated by them. To see them as a problem. Do they really need us or are they having us on? Can we be too quickly judgemental? Can our hostility make us blind and deaf, unable to recognize, and consequently failing, those who really need our help and support?

Personally, I have found myself cheated of hundreds of euro through my 'innocence'. My confreres and I have now produced food vouchers (5€) which can be redeemed in the neighbourhood corner shop for food only.

I ask myself, is this just a way of escaping my Christian responsibility?


No, they don't as given my own background and my own rejection, there but for the grace of God went I........

And given my own Romani ancestry, who am I to judge any street person?

The prophet had it, I think: 'let he who is without sin cast the first stone'.
they all have needs - one way or the other
If they were asking for poison, would you give them it?

Unfortunately, all too many are effectively doing just that.
Sadly, I have to admit I fear homeless people because of their desperatness. I fear of them hurting me. Same thing with men with allot of tattoo's. For some reason these men make me fearful of them hurting me.

I do donate to charities directly, than deal with the individuals on the street for this reason.

Edited at 2016-06-18 13:13 (UTC)
There is no easy answer to this question. So many beggars in the streets, so many of the homeless, suffer mental illness. I know the government here in Canada is guided by a philosophy of social darwinism. Their abject poverty is somehow a direct result of their inadequacy, and therefore they are getting what they deserve.

There is one concept that is being explored though, the prospect of offering every person a basic guaranteed income. The basic figure would be enough to provide everyone, no matter their circumstances, with food and shelter. The fear of losing either is usually the hardest to endure for those of us who live on the edge.

I don't often give money. But I think I would if I could afford it. Maybe the person is putting one over on me, but, quite frankly, why go through all the degradation and the bother to live at that level? I am more reasonably confident their mental status doesn't allow them the opportunity to believe there is a better way.

We live in far too wealthy and prosperous countries to believe there is no solution to the problem of the poor. For some, it is giving them the real support help they need. For others, it is giving them a home and a feeling of security so they can focus on something other than meeting their basest level of existence.

There may be poor always, but how they are treated is dependent upon the good will of others. And truly, there but for the fortunate circumstances of our lives, go ourselves.

Edited at 2016-06-19 02:40 (UTC)
I agree with Samuel Johnson: What signifies, says some one, giving halfpence to beggars? they only lay it out in gin or tobacco. "And why should they be denied such sweeteners of their existence (says Johnson)? it is surely very savage to refuse them every possible avenue to pleasure, reckoned too coarse for our own acceptance. Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding; yet for the poor we delight in stripping it still barer, and are not ashamed to shew even visible displeasure, if ever the bitter taste is taken from their mouths."
Piozzi: Anecdotes
So I give them money to spend as they will.