Samaritan or sucker?


I love people. If it were possible I would have a degree in communicating with mankind, majoring in sympathy and helping. My family refer to me as a “people’s person” and laugh at how often within 5 minutes of meeting someone, I have their life story. I love to listen and have a natural instinct to help those in need, but beware, for if you cry my eyes will fill, before I even know what your problem is! In this day and age I am disturbed that people have a natural tendency not to get involved, and am horrified by the attacks that have happened on crowded trains, onlookers just turning away. Whilst I am aware you are inviting trouble by getting involved, I also know I would be unable to watch someone suffer and do nothing.
Years ago, Tracey and I saw the movie Silence of the Lambs, in which a girl helps a seemingly old man lift a chair into a van and consequently is murdered, the man proving to be a crazed psychopath. Tracey turned to me and said “That’s you.” And she is right.
In our early days of living together, my husband, ( then boyfriend) could not believe it when I told him I had given cash to a man at the tram stop who was begging for food. He quite rightly pointed out that the man probably went straight to the nearest bottle shop, while I spent the entire trip home avoiding the conductor, because I had given away all of my money!
There are two kinds of people in this world, givers and takers and whilst the takers may eat better, the givers will be more content. People often forget that kindness is free and I truly believe that people helping people will make this world a better place.

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
Dr Loretta Scott

Lis 🦉

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