What's the difference between giving a working man a cigarette and giving a home

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  1. Phil Perez profile image80
    Phil Perezposted 3 years ago

    What's the difference between giving a working man a cigarette and giving a homeless man 50 cents?

    This question is meant to be rhetorical but I'd like anyone to try and answer it.

  2. m abdullah javed profile image77
    m abdullah javedposted 3 years ago

    With a cigarette you have contributed in spoiling his health, no matter how needy he was or how dear is he. With a 50 cents to a homeless you have contributed in maximising his hope. There is a huge difference between the two. Your help should always be productive and with those who deserves it by all means.

    1. Aime F profile image83
      Aime Fposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Not necessarily - some homeless people will turn around and spend their money on alcohol/drugs so you could say you're contributing to their addiction, too (though there's no way of knowing for sure and I wouldn't always assume that was the case).

    2. m abdullah javed profile image77
      m abdullah javedposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      No Aime it can't be true with every homeless, there may be a few. Since two cases were mentioned and a gesture of help was to be decided which side it could be beneficial? So that was the answer.

  3. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 3 years ago


    Odds are the working man has an upcoming payday in which can he buy his own cigarettes in a few days. The homeless man will be asking you for money every single day.
    There is a major difference between being "broke" as in having a temporary cash flow problem and being homeless.
    Lastly you know why the man is asking for a cigarette but a homeless man asking for money to "buy food" is oftentimes trying to con you.

  4. Phil Perez profile image80
    Phil Perezposted 3 years ago

    The whole point of this question was show that you know you're encouraging an addiction by giving the working man a cigarette. By giving change to the homeless man, who has nothing, you know you're doing him a favor by giving him 50 cents.

    This question is supposed to be philosophical by the way if nobody caught on...

    Also, assuming you own (and smoke) cigarettes which would you be more inclined to do? Give a working man a cigarette (that he had asked for, or give a homeless man 50 cents?

    Here is some insight: You know the working man has a reputation of earning a living which is a positive trait but asking for a cigarette is a negative thing to do.

    As for the homeless man, he has a reputation of having nothing and living outside which is a negative trait but accepting 50 cents to do something with it is (subjectively) a positive thing.

    What makes more sense to do?


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