Maybe we should wait for the aliens from mars to rehabilitate them or maybe we should let them starve till some vulture devours them?
Every time I give a burger or a samosa or a 10 rupee to a beggar someone or other demands to know , “Why are you encouraging begging?” and thus quiet often I am lectured on the many ills of begging and how it screws up our social code.
And the most common argument to support this is, “They are healthy enough to work, why can’t they do some job?”
The unemployment rates in this world in some places is as high as 70% and the lowest is 10%. …every single country from the developed nations to the underdeveloped fall in between these stats.
Now, whatever the stats someone or other is supporting this unemployed crowd while they struggle to look out for a job: let it be parents, sibling, friends, banks, NGO’s…or government. ….in general society. And many of these job hunting crowds are the ones who are educated, or at least literate, or have some technical education or some or the other ability. ….and yet, they need help….financial, social, emotional, intellectual help… till they get their first pay.
And how many of us are unemployed? How many of us have suffered unemployment at some point of time? ask yourself if there was no one to support you what would you have done?
Now, when you and I find it so difficult to get jobs how is the poorest of the poor, uneducated, half naked and a hungry person supposed to get a job? Yes, there are jobs of laborers and such but how many of the population is fighting for it?So I wish to ask , when you and I need support when we don’t have money in our pockets ….is supporting the poor with a meal such a huge matter that it would cause society to have a meltdown?
I agree, today in most sectors begging is organized….so there got to be a rich man as their boss and etc…so every time you encourage begging you encourage the rich man. Right? I am not going to go into the details of what will happen to a lonely beggar on the street who does not have the support of a begging syndicate…but briefly: how and why did begging become an organized thing? It’s not just for making money but safety. Just like you and me don’t feel safe amongst certain groups of people or places…hungry, half naked , malnourished people almost always suffering the abuse, derision and disgust of general society….the ones we call beggars don’t feels safe amongst the general population and the law. Yes, today, many and not all syndicates have gone from bad to worse...but then they are just a part of the society that is leading the way...but that's a different story.
Let’s get on with the topic at hand: There are many social ills right from corruption to prostitution to ….and all of them are interconnected…..not just with each other and the lethargy of the government but mostly they are interconnected to our lack of humanity.
They need to be rehabilitated and not by aliens from Mars but by us…you and me….and till then… till you find the time, money and heart to work on that…. it is not going to kill you if your share your meal with a hungry child, women or a man… and it will only be human if you can do that without asking “Why don’t you get a job?”
Please, remember just like someone supported you while you looked for that first job and until you got your first pay….others need support too…it is a collective social responsibility…it is about humanity.
And, nobody begs just for fun.
The population that walks the streets begging is one of the most neglected parts of society…and as long as there are neglected parts amongst us, society as a whole will never progress…..just like a family that has even as single member left out feels the pinch, we will too.....
So, should we wait for aliens from mars or maybe let them starve till some vulture devours them alive?