Monday, August 27, 2007

Being approached

As I walked out of my lift today, a 50 years old looking local woman put out her hand and asked me to give her $2.

I rejected her, only to hear her begging for me to give ..........

This was not the first time I was approached to give money to strangers, this was the 4th or 5th time I was being approached.

I was being approached by two Chinese Nationals some other times, and by 2 to 3 locals including the woman I encountered today.

It was hard to ascertain whether the old lady really needs the money or is a quack.

I believe though Singaporeans are generally well-0ff, there still exists a fraction of society who really needs help socially and monetarily.

I may be able to give her $2 today, someone may give her another $2 tomorrow, but will it solve the problem? All these donations will just help her temporarily.

I believe the best person to help her is herself but she may not be in the best frame of mind to know that.

On hindsight, if not for my rushing of work, I should have listened to her and given her some advice to solve her problems .........

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