A few days ago, my local newspapers carried the story of a security guard who found and returned 10,000 USD. The man was being recognized and lauded as a good citizen.
Then the rubbish comments started.
People on Twitter derided the man for returning the money. They said he had rejected “God’s blessings” and that the man must have taken an “oath of poverty”.
This is what I was talking about when I wondered why people are inconsiderate. If these people blasting this upright man had been the ones to lose such a substantial sum of money, you bet they’d be praying that it would be found and returned. If they find someone’s money though, it becomes God’s blessing to them.
People are so quick to bemoan corruption and crime in our society. Yet, so many are corrupt themselves- some don’t evem know it- and if they ever hold public office or are ever in a position to do some good, they will choose to see other people’s property as theirs, and be unapologetic in claiming “God’s blessings”.
If you’re one to take something that is not yours, please rethink your values. This isn’t about preaching, or about some impossibly high moral ground; it’s as simple as asking, “What if this happened to me?”
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.