Meet Shandy Shook, a real homeless man. Youtuber Joseph Costello had a bright idea of bringing Sandy to the street and have him beg for money. This time, Sandy will have to look his best and has to wear a business suit while begging. Joseph made this social experiment to see how people see two different perspectives of begging. This time, the businessman-looking beggar received much compared to the second part where he is not wearing a nicer suit.
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In our previous post, we have drawn an observation about an invisible barrier which separates “us” from “them”. This is something which the humanity should realize. By simply looking at the video, we can safely conclude that those who have less are the ones who give more. It can be seen that those who think they earn less than businessman-looking Sandy are more than willing to give. On the contrary, those who see him in his messy look are almost always avoiding him. They do not even dare to look at him straight in his eyes. This only strengthens the argument about the invisible barrier I am referring about.
On a personal note, I would rather say that those who choose not to give cannot also be faulted. This time, we really can’t say who among those who seek help have pure intentions or not. We hesitate because we couldn't confidently assume that the money we give will be used in a good way. As with the rest, I prefer to give them something other than money. Also we can’t specifically say that reaching out to them will be safer for us. But this doesn’t mean that we should stop caring. To borrow from the words of Desiderata, “No less than the trees and the stars, you [they] have the right to be here.”
What blew me most was what happened at 2:11 when an itinerant proposed to empty is pockets for Sandy. It is simply mind blowing. He did not hesitate for a second to offer his help. This only shows that there are many homeless people who have pure hearts. Fate may have not favored them but that doesn’t even mean that they are socially inadequate. And lastly, should you wish to help Sandy, you can send him a wholehearted donation on this link: http://www.gofundme.com/cd60bc . Thanks and God bless!