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Ep21 – The Good Samaritan

Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas, Ph.D. is a critically acclaimed author, World-renowned speaker, educator, pastor and Audie Awards Finalist...

Eric Thomas, Ph.D. is a critically acclaimed author, World-renowned speaker, educator, pastor and Audie Awards Finalist...

Dec 13 4 minutes read

Welcome to another edition of The Secret to Success with ET, CJ, and Karl! The topic for the day is “When is it your civic duty to give to someone in need.” Too often in the bigger cities throughout the country, one of the saddest sights you will see is a growing population of homeless men, women, and children. The city of Atlanta is no exception. In fact, it’s notorious for the amount of panhandlers, beggars, and mentally ill who call the streets their home. When going down town it is very common to see people holding signs asking for money or loitering outside restaurants waiting to ask for patron’s leftovers. However, one must wonder, with the amount of people in need, when is it one’s duty to bless someone with the help they are asking for?

One of the many hesitations with giving money away is the fear that rather than helping, many of us are enabling poor habits or drug addiction. This is a valid concern considering that many situations that impoverished people live in usually are riddled with all types of illegal activity including drugs. But at some point one must realize that the problem for many is a system that has failed them. In cities like Atlanta education, housing, and healthcare are quite obviously unevenly distributed and the many people who find themselves poor or homeless aren’t always lazy. Many of them are veterans, mentally ill, or suffer from generational poverty. To know when to give or not to give can be a risky business for anyone. However, the that fact of the matter is that people need to eat, people need to be able to lay their heads down somewhere safe at night, especially during the colder times of year, and for effective change to take place it needs to occur on a systematic level, not an individual one. That’s not to say giving someone money or food wouldn’t help, but the ultimate goal is to solve a problem with a solution, not a temporary fix. So really the best way to give is to be giving of your time and voice to advocate on behalf of those who can’t do so for themselves. And also for those of us that would be willing to invest the time, giving of information on where to find shelter or free food can also go a long way.

Returning back to the topic of enabling versus giving, we as a country have another dilemma. That is a certain generation, who has been called out several times for walking with an air of entitlement and very little work ethic. Often we hold our hands out before we will put them to work. Of course this doesn’t apply to everyone for this age group but one can see that with the technology and luxuries we have been afford in the past 25 years, we have grown to expect access to almost everything with a click of a mouse pad, swipe of a screen, or the various applications that do a lot of work for us. So where do we draw the line. On one hand you have one demographic of people who genuinely are in need of some serious help? On the other you have those who were taught that luxuries are necessities, and that looking that part is just as good as playing the part. It can be confusing and frustrating, however with conversations like the one’s taking place on this podcast perhaps we as a global community can find some solutions.

Join the conversation with the team as they break down different experiences and important points on what it is to be a ‘Good Samaritan’. With comical moments, difficult stories, and great questions from listeners around the world you are in for a great time. As always thank you for listening.

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