Good Samaritans?

street child

Ever Lend someone a helping hand? Ever not lend a helping hand because of fear? Either way, have you ever wondered why?

Some people say we only do whatever we do out of either fear or greed. Others claim that we only work out of altruistic desires. I’m willing to bet that when everything is boiled down, there’s a combination of all three in there.

On the one hand were always afraid that somebody’s going to put one over on us. That is when a helping hand becomes a doing for and being responsible for somebody else’s needs, and welfare while they do nothing. This leads us to a feeling of not wanting to get involved.

On another hand, we want to do good for others. When we see a homeless person in our community, we have a tendency to think about how with just a few changes in history, it could be us out there. We know that if we were there, we might need some help to get back to where we are now. We want to help in the hopes that if we were there, someone else would help.

What is the right thing to do? Well, that depends on many things. Are we in a position to help? Is it better to help with a donation of monies or donation of personal time? What help is present through other means to those on the street, and what do they need that nobody is doing presently? This is a complicated issue.

A good man from Galilee stated that the poor would be with us always. This brings me to believe that it is something that may never be cured, yet can be maintained. I can tell you that our country is blessed with riches.

When I went to a foreign country, I saw orphans in the street wearing filthy pajamas and eating leaves while those around utterly ignored and shunned them. I told my son when I got back to the states. He said to me that I was wrong, that I misunderstood. No one anywhere would ever treat a child like that. I wished his statement was correct. Only, I am the one who was there and had seen the lack of care.

I know that no one can do it all and I believe the best we can do is help people to help themselves. Yet, I always think of the good Samaritan and wonder if I am holding up my end of the bargain.

Author: Mike Balof

Mike Balof, MEd, develops intensive, interactive courses which have helped contract manufacturing and nonprofit institutions. He taught youth and adults seeking employment to better represent themselves, leading many of them to successful careers. Mike taught in corporate training, teaching adults and high school students to build computers, work as a team, and to identify and fix problems using a myriad of tools from Total Quality Management(TQM), to 8-D, to Six Sigma. Mike now turns his talents to helping fellow veterans reach their objectives and desires through continuous performance improvement. As we start to live in a post knowledge world, where a doubling of common knowledge shrinks from months to days, our essential skills will include how we interact with those around us. Mike believes there is hope for growth and opportunity for everyone. Everyone has the opportunity to retool and find the career they want. Mike strives to present students of all ages, abilities, and means with a full plate of options for learning.

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