What sort of generosity is this?

@mydanods (6749)
Nigeria
September 26, 2012 3:35pm CST
I was walking by the road and met a man who earns a living off his motorbike. He earns peanuts, by the standards of my area. I saw him counting the day's takings while sitting on his bike. I just asked for the humor of doing so. I thought he would be wont to do so since many persons of his class grumble a lot and are surly but was surprised that instead, he handed over a note to me. I was shocked and quickly returned it, saying it was his hard earned money. He refused. He said he thought I wanted to say what he gave me was too small and wanted to increase it. I refused to take his money. I did appreciate his generosity. He was not holding anything back. Can anyone help explain why it is like this?
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@Raine38 (9193)
• United States
26 Sep 12
There are still a few, decent men like him around. Although they are of a dying breed, it is nice to know that once in a while, we find people like him from the most humble of backgrounds whose attitudes and ethics are incomparable even to those who we refer to as having a classy background. I admire these kind of people who strive hard to make it on their own one day at a time, instead of waiting for handouts and blaming their lot to the government or to God or just about to anybody else.
@mydanods (6749)
• Nigeria
27 Sep 12
I object to your use of the word, "classy background." Generosity or kindness is not a function of class. I believe so and I can prove it. But I sincerely agree with you; I hate the dependency principle, i.e waiting for handouts and blaming your lot on others. sorry, that last sentence is what I have labelled personally "the dependency principle." Hey, no smileys around here. :D. that should be a grin. thanks anyways.
@Raine38 (9193)
• United States
27 Sep 12
I think you misunderstood. I didn't say that generosity is a function of class, I meant to say that those who are rich and loaded, those who are "classy" by material standards, sometimes pale in comparison when it comes to being genuinely generous as compared to that man.
@mydanods (6749)
• Nigeria
28 Sep 12
as the "jesus" kind - the last piece of silver compared to when you have so much stashed for so many years so you can afford to donate or give grants of millions? pale means you do not like that "kind"; well, it's subjective but i think generosity is generosity, but the last piece of silver kind, i think that is abstract generosity and that is what beats me! I wonder why he should do a thing like that! even those who are poor by material standards would not be so quick on the draw! you get my point, right?
• Pamplona, Spain
14 Feb 13
Hiya mydanods, Man with a heart of gold indeed. Sounds like a very spiritual person to me like money is not a real big issue for him. Above all he is very generous to give like that without giving it a second thought I have to say I do not know anyone like that.xxx
@mydanods (6749)
• Nigeria
19 Feb 13
the world does need generous people, even money is difficult to find or get. thanks anyway.
@ladysakurax (1163)
• Canada
29 Sep 12
I think he just had good intentions. When I was little, me and my mom lived in a small appartment. She worked day and night to make a living and pay my school tuitions. However, she did give to the poor occasionaly. Now we live in a big house. Even my closet is the size a bathroom. But nothing changed. We still give to those in needs when we have time. Why is that? As long as we have food, shelter, and clothes to keep us warm for winter, it is enough. Else than that is just materials. So instead of buying useless junks or snacks that bring nothing good to our lives, we can take that money and turn it into something a little more useful instead. We actually avoid giving money unless someone needs it to buy a subway or bus ticket to go home. We would give food. A friend of mine would give a pair of socks to those who live in the streets during cold winters. Helping people brings a good feeling of goodness. Maybe he has the same reasoning as mine.
@mydanods (6749)
• Nigeria
29 Sep 12
yeah, i think so. i believe in giving, but sometimes I give because I feel it is an obligation that i owe, maybe to that person or to someone else; something like your heart pricking you. thanks for your good heart.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
26 Sep 12
I just think there are still some really people with real hearts on this earth...and he probably was raised that when you give your are freeing your hands for bigger thinks... It was very nice of him to offer you his money,,,I am just wondering what made him offer you anything..what was on the note he handed you, and you also he refused, but refused what??
@mydanods (6749)
• Nigeria
27 Sep 12
I had to refuse bjc66bjc. I wouldn't get home that evening with a light conscience if I took the money. I wish I had a picture to show. You can tell he sweats and struggles to earn every penny. His heart was made of diamonds.
• United States
26 Sep 12
I guess because he is a kind soul and really give just as much as he takes. I would be happy to meet someone like him in life.