Facebook is filled with nonsensical videos with ridiculous comments. During one of my many daily scroll sessions, I ran across this video of Dave Ramsey offering financial advice. I’m trying (I should be anyway) to save some cash, so I clicked on it for some potential financial wisdom. Unbeknownst to me, I stepped into what turned out to be an abyss of ridiculousness.
Long story short, a family spent $30,000 to adopt a cat for the purposes of a kidney transplant for their sick cat. Yup, you read that right. Don’t believe me? Take a look.
In true interwebz fashion, people blew a gasket because of Dave Ramsey’s “commentary.” I had to agree. $30K is a lot of money for a kidney. Of course, I had to read the comments (I really need to stop that), and one comment stuck out in particular.
“$30,000 for a cat, and we won’t even give a homeless man a quarter.”
Shots fired! Wow did that put people on edge! Pet lovers galore came out of the woodwork to defend the $30K decision. Let these folks tell it, all homeless people are drunks, drug addicts, and made their choices to hit rock bottom. I was amazed at the assumptions. These comments pretty much affirmed the original statement.
The one thing I took away from that conversation (lack thereof) is this: we are SO judgmental. You don’t know my story, and I don’t know yours. Yet, we make assumptions based on a particle of information. Every homeless person is not hooked on drugs and alcohol. Sometimes life deals them a bad hand. Some people have a hard time recovering. It could easily be one of us in the shoes of the homeless person.
Instead of judging, why can’t we help out? Would it kill you to buy a homeless person a meal? Donate clothes? Smile? Have we become that ruthless to think people can’t fall on hard times? Or, are we jaded because some people are users? Whatever the case, it doesn’t hurt us to love, even if they are a total stranger. An act of kindness may go a long way. More than you’ll ever know.
Everybody has a story; a set of unique experiences that shapes their view of life. What’s yours? Leave a comment and let me know about a time you’ve been judged incorrectly. I want to know about you.