I live in a city that is rampant with homelessness, and today on the train, as I was going home from work, an interesting situation presented itself. There is this young man, who is maybe around my age, 25-28, who is clearly homeless. He is on the train just about every day, begging for change, and today something interesting happened as he walked from row to row begging for change. Most people said no, one or two said yes, and as he was getting ready to get off the train so he could get on the next one and repeat the process, another homeless man also on the train shook his head in disdain and said "Can't even spare a quarter can they?" The kid said "I know. The other day a man said he was a millionaire, but he couldn't even give me a quarter." The other man said "What a world, no one can share the wealth." I sat there and considered the situation. Now, that millionaire did not wake up one day with a million dollars. Odds are, unless he inherited it, he worked really hard for that money. Most of us do work hard for the money we make, I know I don't ever come home feeling anything less than exhausted when I get off work, so I bust my ass every single day for that paycheck. This kid was young, generally healthy, and could probably get a job at McDonald's or something easily enough. So should people feel obligated to support these people who do not work? I know some of the homeless guys that stand on the corners are old vets (this is the States, btw), from the Vietnam Era, and these guys are so fucked in the head that they probably couldn't do anything else even if they wanted to, though there are programs to help them. The ones I am really talking about are the ones like this kid, the ones who just seem to not want to work, just want others to support them. Personally, I don't know all of their situations, but there are a lot of resources out there for these guys, but a lot of them come off as though they just don't care, don't want to work, and have given up on themselves. I don't know if I want to support that, because the more people just give in and give them change or money or whatever, the more we say that that sort of thing is okay. Anyway, it was just interesting, and I was curious about what other people thought/felt about that issue.