Are you sure?
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Walk the streets of any major city, and you'll have to decide at least half-a-dozen times what to do: keep walking past the outstretched hand, the plea for money, the weary eyes. Or stop and give a small amount. But it's not really the money that stops most of us from giving. Rather, it's the conflict of not knowing the right thing to do.
Most of us probably disregard the person or just mumble a muffled "no." But then, once in awhile, each step away from the encounter feels haunted, because we know we've ignored the pain and human suffering of our sister or brother. And, we feel regret. "Why couldn't I have been even a little bit generous?" Or sometimes we fear being suckered. Or we don't want to be enablers, contributing to another person's inability to make their own progress.
About the author
Marilyn Jones is the director of cross-media content and a senior writer for the Sentinel.
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