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This entire week’s post is based on conversations I had or conversations I heard of and today’s post is courtesy of Cool FM Radio.
On the radio sometime recently, the topic of discussion was “the act of giving” and how people should learn to be more humane and give back to their community. Which I believe is a very touching and interesting topic because I do feel that people do not really give back to the community like they should.
Well it was an interesting topic and shortly became a VERY INTERESTING topic after the presenter uttered what I would refer to as a BOMB. And it is that “bomb” that led to me writing today’s post.
The presenter was of the opinion that when he says “giving”, he does not mean giving money to “beggars” on the street.
He said and I quote “imagine each person that passes gives 100 naira to a beggar, the beggar will end up making my salary in just one day”. He went on to completely discourage people from being generous to beggars but instead urged them to focus on giving to the orphanage in a collective manner.
Basically, he was more for helping a group of people rather than just one person.
Now here’s my opinion:
Firstly, permit me to out rightly SHOOT DOWN that presenter’s statement. I find it to be very myopic and inconsequential.
After I heard that remark, all I could really think about was the blind beggar across my estate gate that stands there EVERYDAY, come rain or shine, seeking for his daily bread.
As terrible as it makes me, in about over a year I have been living in my estate, I have only given him money ONCE and to be honest, it was much less than hundred naira.
This man is blind in both eyes and always has a very young little five year old looking girl by his side as his navigation and she sometimes wanders off to go play with the sand, leaving him standing all alone with his blind sight.
Now I ask you all, be honest with yourselves. How many of you are like me that sparingly give beggars on the street money? The truth is MAJORITY! Yet that Cool FM presenter attempted to discourage the minute few that actually do give?
Isn’t that a bit callous of him?
Let us even take a look at those that “give” these beggars money. How much exactly do you really think they give out, 20, 50, at most 100 naira and maybe the very generous could give 500 to 1000 naira or more but then those are VERY RARE!
So wouldn’t it be unfair for someone to assume that because the beggar is located at a place where people ply regularly that he is getting a certain amount of money from each of them every day?
I honestly really do doubt that “begging” is that much of a lucrative business.
Most of us walk or drive down the street and do not even notice these people or how hungry they are and still I ask, who are the thousands of people giving 100 naira a day in order for the beggar to be able to make five or six figures on a daily basis?
I don’t know if there is anyone reading this that happened to be listening to Cool FM the same day that this discussion held, I urge you to KINDLY IGNORE WHATEVER THAT PRESENTER WAS SAYING. Some of these beggars are depending on that 20 naira ONE PERSON will give to them.
Most of them DO NOT have multiple donations and even if they did, it certainly DOES NOT run into hundreds of thousands of naira on a daily basis like he was presuming.
Please give and give and keep on giving. Do not be discouraged. Whatever you do for those people goes A LONG WAY towards the well being and catering for them and their family. After all, there is a reason they are beggars. If they were really making that much money, I am pretty sure they would have gotten a better life for themselves other than sitting or standing blindly on the streets.
OVER TO YOU:
Do you agree with the Cool FM presenter or not?
Feel free to comment and share your opinion and suggestions.
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