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Compassion is something I believe we all would like to believe we have or do but unfortunately we dont always do or think the right thing We dont always go the extra mile for people who in the back of our minds we know they deserve it When we do however as Barbra Ascher writes about in On Compassion where a young mother is stared at by a homeless man and subsequently gives him money out of fear 188 It can raise questions like What is true compassion or in Aschers case Why do we give money to homeless people The morals behind our decisions are not always looking out for the publics welfare but rather are seeking to justify ourselves as good people just because we gave money to a homeless person Not to mention a lot of times its more about personal glorification or trying to create an image for people to view you as In the story Homeless by Anna Quindlen A homeless woman at a bus terminal is talking to Quindlen for a story she is doing on homeless people As the homeless woman talked to her she kept telling Quindlen that in fact she was not homeless but she indeed had a home She pulled out a picture from her bag of a home that was quite average looking192 The whole premises of this story in particular is interesting because it gives a new thought to the word homeless They are not the homeless They are people who have no homes 194 That always stings when I hear it the simple rephrasing of a word makes the whole issue tied to it come into a new light These homeless people the ones on the streets in every town they are just normal people who have had a particular set of circumstances that has made them without a home One might say They should just
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