I am really feeling sorry for poor peoples...are you???

@Tushavi (2078)
Karachi, Pakistan
March 4, 2012 1:48pm CST
hi to all well, now I start kind of sad discussion here, I Don't know its my state of mind or you people also think same? Actually I Love Poor Peoples, I am Really feeling sorry for poor peoples, specially those hard working little boys/girls who sell combs,tissue papers & flowers across the street, sometimes I am so sad when they asking (begging) me for buying their products & I don't have enough money, but after all this feeling, I Don't Want to be Poor, You think I have double standard??? waiting for your thoughts, have a nice day.
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@momof3kids (1903)
• Singapore
5 Mar 12
I do not know about where your country but in my country, sometimes there are people who holds a syndicate and make people beg. Once I heard my husband told me a story of these 'beggars' coming to his mothers house and asking for alms. It so happened that she went out that day and saw the same people eating at a nearby restaurant. It wasnt a posh restaurant but there are places where you can get cheaper food. There is another incident I heard of an old man who begged and after he was done chose to take a taxi instead of the bus. Another case is when there are beggars at this particular mosque, the admin told us not to give alms to them because when the mosque offered them help, they refuse. It is getting difficult to tell if they are really in need of money but I think if you do not want to be poor, that is the right attitude and use your money to properly help these people. Begging as you know is not encouraged when you are able bodied.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
4 Mar 12
I don't think anyone wants to be poor but I think it is a attribute to feel for them, it would be nice to be able to help them all I know but things are bad these days for most people, times are hard for sure.
• Canada
4 Mar 12
I don't think thta you have a double standard. Nobody wants to be poor even though we can have empathy towards them. I think that most people living on the streets don't want to help themselves. They don't want to have to work hard and earn a living. They expect others to do everything for them. I think that if most poor people tried to help themselves and tried hard to look for jobs then they could atleast make a basic living for themselves... However, I do understand that not all poor people are alike and that some may really be trying really hard but just can't make ends meet for providing for their family. I think in those situations we should definitely help out as much as we can...
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• United States
4 Mar 12
I know how you feel because right now I am poor. due to Randy's serious foot condition he is unable to work and I need to take care of him full time. Randy cannot get around the house all that well and I refuse to hire a nurse for him because I am more than capable of taking care of him. I save money as much as I can and do not buy much of anything. Yesterday I bought a couple of boxes of girl scout cookies because the girls were so cute and they were donating half their earnings to the children's hospital.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
4 Mar 12
Nobody wants to be poor and you don't have a double standard. Most of us with hearts feel sorrow for the poor but the key is to put that sorrow to good use and help them better themselves. I know a poor man who has lost his job and is trying to support his child. Any time I have a chore to be done I call him and pay him for his work and it helps him. When I have extra money I donate it to charities that help the poor. Any little bit helps. Give to the poor, even if all you can give them is a smile or a kind word, and try to create opportunities for them to earn if you can.
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
6 Mar 12
Depends on the situation. Obviously there are going to be people who are going to be struck by the misfortune that is most awful. Where they are just going to find their way sadly on the street after the company where they work out goes out of business, with bad investments, and they just don’t seem to catch any breaks. So there are people who will always try to better themselves, but tend to not succeed, those people I really feel about. However, there are some people who are poor, but refuse to show any ambition with bettering themselves. Some of them feel things should be handed to them and they are turning to turn to thievery. Not exactly a sympathetic figure or rather not as sympathetic depending on how you look at it. Then again, you never truly know how you will deal with that life as it happens.
• United States
5 Mar 12
Here in the United States, one must be careful when helping beggars on the streets. Some of them are not as they seem. There is a man who mows grass that my husband talked to. The man inherited quite a sum of money, but he chooses to wander around, sleep on the streets and mow grass for people for a fee. He says he gets more that way. People feel sorry for him and he gets free food, free lodging and paid by others for mowing the grass so even though he has enough money in the bank to get a place, he does not. These type of people abuse the system and generosity of others. Some people are poor because of circumstances beyond their control. This is where my family fits. My son is disabled and my husband has trouble holding a job. I can not do a typical job because of my health and I have a lawyer trying to get me SSI or disability. We receive food stamps and medical help. I worked since I was sixteen till two years ago when I became ill. I feel empathy for people who try and are still poor but not for those who abuse the system of people who will help.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
5 Mar 12
I guess I am poor but I know there are a lot of people that have it a lot worse than me. At least I have a home and don't have to put children to work. I feel sorry for any parent that has to do that, or anyone really that knows that every penny counts.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
5 Mar 12
I feel sorry for the poor people who are poor because their government has made them poor (the way our government in the USA is trying to do to us). I feel sorry for the poor who are poor because they have not learned about the blessings that come from accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I don't feel sorry for the poor who are poor because they sit on their lazy butts and won't lift a finger to get out of their poverty but expect the tax payers to support them.
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
Every one of us feels sorry that they're poor, but being so apologetic that they're poor is not our fault. Who wants to be poor, anyway? I do believe to be poor or to be rich is one of God's way to testing us. Think of this, "It is not your fault that you were born to be poor, but it is your fault if you will die penniless."
@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 12
It's not double standards and I also feel sorry for them, though I don't say I love them like you do, not that I hate them either. Nobody wants to be poor. But sometimes you can't choose that in life. We try hard but sometimes luck is not on our side.
@zhuhuifen46 (3486)
• China
5 Mar 12
Hi, Tushavi, I understand your feelings, but from my experience, people at different status have their own joys and sorrows. At your point, hard working, overtiming, no luxury, or even good meals, are something hard to bear, but saving more money to share with parents, or breeding children, might be their focus. It is encouraged to share, to donate, but too much concern beyond our capability, makes no difference. My god bless us all.
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
Yes, it's really saddening to know that poor people are increasing especially in third world countries. I feel sorry for them who have no means to support themselves because they have disabilities or incapacitated to work.But there are some too who use to beg for a living even though are so fit to support themselves.Also there some parents who uses their minor kids to roam the street to beg which is to be their job especially if they are fit to work. Well, I admire kids who sells stuffs so they can add earnings for their parent's income if their earnings is not enough, although it's their parents obligation to support them.
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
I was sorry for them also but feeling sorry will not accomplish anything. My ex was a member of an organization on helping poor people and I also participated on it when they had an activity near my place. She invited me to participate and I did not think twice about it. I felt good after doing some community work and knowing you helped a lot of people.
@youless (93111)
• Guangzhou, China
5 Mar 12
I feel sorry for the poor persons. Lately there is a news here. A worker who washed the dishes in the five-star hotel got fired. The reason is she brought the leftovers to home for her son. I felt bad to hear that. This hotel is so mean. It is not a kind of steal. It is just leftovers and I think they will be thrown into the trash can at the end. So it is nothign wrong for her to bring it home. This world is crazy. I love China
@loonys (418)
4 Mar 12
I do not like poor people.
@wongchoiyee (7401)
• Malaysia
4 Mar 12
Yes I do but what is the point if they were not helping themselves if they need to?