A Matter of Conscience

September 1, 2009 at 11:21 am 12 comments



She was on the subway train again today. To my surprise, she wasn’t that eager to ask for money. She started with her usual spiel. That she had multiple sclerosis. That she needed money for her medication. But this time, nobody paid attention. Somehow her pleading lacked conviction. She was lucky to even get a dollar.

You’ll meet folks like her during commute hours. To many, the train ride is nothing but a way to go to work in the morning or to go home at night. But to some, it’s a place to beg for money, sell merchandise, or preach the gospel. Still, in the early morning and late evening hours, it provides an ideal place for homeless people to sleep until the cops come and shoo them away.

On first thought, you may think it’s easy to ignore them. Just close your eyes, listen to your music, or continue reading the newspaper. But pretending that they don’t exist doesn’t make them disappear, especially when they smell that bad on hot summer days.

What am I supposed to do? In their presence, I feel this guilt and it can be quite overwhelming. But I wonder if this feeling is warranted. Would giving them money the best course of action? What if they just use the money to get high or buy liquor? I confess that I’m rather inconsistent in dealing with these folks. Sometimes i give. Sometimes I simply don’t no matter how insistent they become.

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  • 1. coolwaterworks  |  September 3, 2009 at 2:07 am

    I sometimes share your perplexity… I’d want to help but is it really help when I’m giving them my dole-out for that moment?

    Everytime the jeepneys stop at the crossing in the Old Mactan Bridge, sometimes beggars would approach the jeepneys to ask for alms.

    And it is painful to be indifferent inasmuch as it is painful realizing that you, same as them, is also helpless at the moment…

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  September 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm

      coolwaterworks:

      under the circumstances, when in doubt, follow your heart.

      Reply
  • 3. Walongbote  |  September 3, 2009 at 7:00 am

    oOoh.. Halos parehas ang topic natin ngay0n. BuT totoO yung sinaBi m0ng napakahirap nilang isnaBin, akala mO madali. Pero nadu2rog ang puso mO sa 2wing wala kang magawa para sa kanila.. Ayoko ng mga ganit0ng eksena.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  September 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm

      walongbote:

      mahirap dahil sila ay tao ding tulad natin.

      Reply
  • 5. J.Kulisap  |  September 8, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Dati rati’y dinudurog ang pusong aba ni J. Kulisap, kahit matirahan na lamang ako ng pamasahe pauwi, makapag-abot ako, lalo na sa mga matatandang pakalat-kalat sa kalye, iniisip ko marahil ang aking mga magulang sa puntong iyon.

    Subalit padami ng padami sila, at may mangilan ngilang pangyayaring ginagawang trabaho na ang palilimos. Iba-iba ang gayak,kaniya kaniyang drama, paulit-ulit, iisa ang spiel.

    Maswerte pa rin ako, ikaw pero hanggang tingin na lang ba ang kaya nating gawin? O hanggang pagkahabag na nga lang ba?

    Isang mukha ng bansang Pilipinas.

    Kulisap lamang ako, nagsusulat, namumuna. Ano ba ang silbi ko sa bansang ito?

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    • 6. plaridel  |  September 9, 2009 at 10:11 am

      j.kulisap:

      ang siste pa, baka miembro sila ng sindikato tulad ng slumdog millionaire.

      Reply
  • 7. J.Kulisap  |  September 10, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Hindi maiiwasan yon, napakagandang sandata ang magpahabag sa taong nahahabag.

    Reply
  • 8. yuhublogger  |  February 3, 2017 at 11:26 am

    This is quite overwhelming. I get confused many a times as well.

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    • 9. plaridel  |  February 4, 2017 at 9:22 am

      yuhublogger:

      thay’re hard to ignore. they’re people, too.

      Reply
      • 10. yuhublogger  |  February 4, 2017 at 9:25 am

        True… They’re people too… But I’m not sure if paying them is really going to save them…

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        • 11. plaridel  |  February 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm

          yuhu:

          perhaps they need the benefit of the doubt? 🙂

          Reply
          • 12. yuhublogger  |  February 4, 2017 at 6:36 pm

            Yes. yes, they do. I agree…

            Reply

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