The most vulgar article I’ve read this week, “I beg you to stop begging”

Aiden Sookdin, Author, The Minimum Wage Millionaire, 14 Feb. 2016

Tags: beggers,

If you’ve read anything I’ve written, you know that I’m not the most politically correct individual in the country. I’m not afraid to put my opinions in the public domain. Equally, I’m not afraid to give solutions to the problems out there…

But an article I read this week made me cringe…

In fact, when I read the comment trail on the bottom of the page, one reader’s comment perfectly reflected my opinion of the writer…

The comment simply read, “F@#$ lady. Your bigotry is grotesque.”

The article titled, “I beg you to stop begging” was written by Sammi-Jo Botha Group Editor Caxton Jhb North West Branch.

It starts with the sentence, “Beggars really get under my skin”.

It then goes on to highlight how “making an honest living is better that waiting for a handout. As long as you are willing and able to work there is no reason for you to degrade yourself and lose all your dignity begging.”

Sammi-Jo then continues her baseless tirade saying, “I find the blind beggars the funniest…”

Frankly, it’s just disappointing and insulting…
Everyday I work with people at the end of their financial ropes. People who have done everything they thought they could to change their lives. I listen to stories from people that can’t rub two cents together and do what I can to give them the information they need to stay off the streets.
The arrogance of this woman breaks my heart. It’s part of the reason the country is in the state that it’s in. Too many people have strong opinions but they don’t have any solutions to the problems that are so quick to point out. 
I decided to read a few more articles penned by this editor. One article in particular made me realise why her opinions of the destitute and poor could be so crass…
“For Mandela Day, my staff and I visited a crèche in Kya Sand Informal Settlement and handed over food. This was a real eye-opener for me to see how people battle to make ends meet and feed their children.”
Spending one day in a destitute area is simply not enough. Does this editor from the mainstream media not realise that many of these children will grow up to be the adults that will, “get under her skin?” Does she not realise that many of these children’s parents are standing on the street corners begging for money so that they can feed their families?
The problem with initiatives like Mandela Day is, it makes “privileged” people feel like they’re doing something positive. Sure, a small part of these initiatives will inspire others to make a difference on a daily basis, but more often than not this motivation to help others never lasts more than a few days before self-importance kicks in. As soon as it passes, we go back to our daily grind, lifting our noses at the beggars on the side of the road.
So, what is the solution to this problem?
Well, the truth is there are many solutions. As someone who is better off than others, reach out to these underprivileged people. Help them build up their skills and introduce them to new low cost business ideas. Most importantly, greet them, love them and make them feel like they’re worth something – that might kjust be all the inspiration they need to go out there and improve themselves.

The best thing you can do to change the life of a beggar, is to start a business from home and then employ those destitute people in the country and your community. Small businesses are easy to start. Yes it takes some money from your side but, if you do it properly, your return on your initial investment will make you and your community members some money. 
I am happy that most of the people that she so eloquently slates in her article, will never read the harsh words she had for them.
So today, I want to encourage you to make a real difference in the life of someone who is in a destitute situation.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Karma is only a bitch if you are…
Let’s build your wealth together,

Aiden Sookdin

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