A beggar on the corner of the street
I turn away from him , I don’t look
He might not be truly in need
Afraid that he may be a crook
But perhaps only half of the beggars
Are really crooked and often cheat
But how about the other half of them
Who are truly in trouble and big need?
Now what would disturb more my peace of mind?
To have given money to a beggar who cheats?
Or to have been too afraid and worried and
not have given anything to one with true big needs?
Too many times we are afraid to give:
Let us consider a small algorithm.
1. The beggar is a crook
You do not give. Crook feels bad You feel bad
(because you are not sure he was a crook and refusing to give makes you feel bad, deprives you a bit of your full peace of mind, no matter what)
2. The beggar is genuine
You do not give Genuine feels bad You feel bad
Now let us consider the other situation:
You give Crook feels bad You feel good
(a crook cheating people will have a few moments of joy but feels bad in the end no matter what)
(you feel good, since you do not know it is a crook)
4. Genuine Genuine feels good You feel good
Now decide which action is the best :)