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Let Me Ask You a Question

Updated on February 13, 2018

Let Me Ask You a Question

Let me ask you a question. I will put forward three scenarios, each of which will depict a scenario for your consideration. Read the scenario and answer the question which will be the same for all three scenarios: What would you do?

Scenario One:

It is a hot day, you are on a in town bus and carrying a backpack. In one hand you have a soft drink which you bought to satisfy your thirst. A woman, who appears to be 60 plus, asks if she may have a drink from your pop; What do you do?

Scenario Two;

You are walking down a main street , you notice a few feet away a woman, maybe 30, panhandling, that is, asking people possibly for change, she is reasonably well dressed but the clothes are obviously worn, people are mostly ignoring her, she approaches you and asks for change, What do you do?

Scenario Three:

You are sitting at a table alone, in a fast food place, and enjoying a submarine sandwich, a young man approaches you, clean looking,reasonably groomed and asks for half your sub, what do you do?

There are no right or wrong answers here and you do not have to share you answers, however, if you feel so inclined, please do so.

Human behaviour, including my own has fascinated me for many years now and I have studied, read and observed it since my days in university.

I believe that we reap what we sow, that what we give out comes back to us; I also attempt to journey through life causing the less amount of harm possible. There are alternatives and taking a bit of time to give thought to the consequences of our actions is time well spent.

The questions above are all based upon real life scenarios, either my own or tales that I have been told by others. My answers are as follows.

Scenario One, while I personally am more likely to be drinking water than pop, I give her the pop.

Scenario Two; I give her a loonie or toonie (1-2 Cdn dollars)

Scenario Three, this is the one I find most difficult, the first two are, for me, obvious choices. I keep the sandwich and offer him a loonie or toonie, his choice.

There are many things in life that we can do little about on the global scale but within our local communities and on a daily basis we can take action.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Bus tickets are a valuable commodity, thanks for dropping by.

  • mythbuster profile image


    8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

    Interesting scenarios, Mr. Ewing. I would probably share my stuff, too, but I've not always done that. I've been in all of the situations you've described. With panhandlers in my city, I usually do not have money to give them but I do stop and speak with them from time to time or sometimes I have time to spare, so I can go get them a coffee or something instead of money. I share my bus tickets occassionally when I have those. Sometimes bus tickets can be turned in for cash and that helps some people out.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    give without conditions attached, thanks for dropping by.

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    Nolimits Nana 

    9 years ago

    Giving is really about who you are, not about what you may think about the other person. Who are we anyway, to make judgments about others, and why they ask for help, as we don't have any idea about their life. Give and ye shall receive - but give without the expectation of receiving.


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