A Canadian in Sweden
I was in Stockholm today on business. While sitting on a commuter train on my way into downtown Stockholm, a gentleman walks by and leaves a card by where I'm sitting, in fact by where each passenger is sitting, for all of us to read. The card tells a story of how he is a university student and needs money and some other details that I can't remember. The girl sitting in front of me started to reach into her pockets for some change, but I think that when she saw me not even reacting, she decided against it. Why didn't I give this gentleman some money? He went to each passenger on my train car, each one of them declining or ignoring him. I felt sorry him. I realise that we cannot help everyone with a donation, but am I so callous that I can't even spare 10 or 20 Swedish crowns (3-4 dollars)? What is wrong with me? What is wrong with society? Am I so sick of people begging for money that I cannot even tell when someone is legitimately in need? I still feel bad about how I reacted to his request. Would you have helped him out?