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Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-18-06 05:35 PM
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92. I remember reading a snippet in the paper about a homeless
Edited on Tue Apr-18-06 05:56 PM by KCabotDullesMarxIII
man refusing a 50 bill proffered to him by Joan Baez. I think he said he'd just be happy to have her autograph. And I doubt very much that it was with any view to selling it. That is indeed the attitude of the Lord's anointed.

I also remember reading a hilarious anecdote about the great jockey of the twenties - the greatest in England of his era, anyway - Steve Donaghue. He was trotting on his horse to the start, when a pal of his called out to him that he hadn't been able to put his money (50, a lot of money in those days) on the horse he'd asked him to, as the horse had been withdrawn.

"Well", he shouted, "put it on whatever you fancy!" Now, I know there are many different constructions likely to be put on that, including that it is a sin a against Prudence, but to me it is the most sublime example of Christ's teaching concerning worship of money and contempt for God, or worship of God and contempt for money.

Steve was also apparently very liberal with his money towards others, all his life, and died penniless; but for me, with that happy-go-lucky spirit, not even what he earned - which was evidently a fair amount - could prevent him from owning the whole world, the sun, the moon and the stars.

We have betting shops here, and I believe most of their habitues are people with a similar outlook on life; though in their conscious mind, they think they'd like to be rich. If they did, they would watch every penny, and save them up to make more. "Where your treasure is, there your heart is", were Jesus' own words, so quite how it is that many evangelicals equate a good income and resources with God's favor and a reward for their good living I really don't know.

One other example of the deep, innate spirituality of the "anawin", the "poor and powerless", such as Jesus' own Holy Family, I heard of from a big-time surveyor I was driving to an airport one day. He was in charge of the construction of a large sports and leisure centre in Dubai, Riyadh, somewhere like that, and when he and his people realized they were behind schedule, they decided to pay the workers to do overtime.

Unfortunately, after working a good bit of overtime for a week or two, the workmen disappeared. They discovered afterwards, that they used the extra money to a take a holiday. God's ways are not our ways.... the nature of which however, they were indeed privy to, without needing to read Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, like us - still less, being likely to let it all go in one ear and out of the other.

Incidentally, one of my favourite tracks of Joan Baez was a song in which she sang about a homeless man, with the most hauntingly pure and beautiful tones.

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  -Homeless Man Returns Wallet With $900 deadparrot  Apr-17-06 05:52 PM   #0 
  - Now that's not only integrity, that's class. More class then rich guys  acmavm   Apr-17-06 05:55 PM   #1 
  - Wasn't Katherine Harris whining about spending her 10M inheritance  Kber   Apr-18-06 07:29 AM   #54 
  - Maybe she should thank the homeless guy  BlackHeart   Apr-17-06 05:56 PM   #2 
  - Indeed.  Zhade   Apr-17-06 05:57 PM   #5 
  - I'm quite certain that  rpannier   Apr-17-06 06:43 PM   #12 
  - she gave him $100 as thanks.  salin   Apr-17-06 06:46 PM   #13 
     - And he split the reward with Wesley.  Cobalt Violet   Apr-17-06 10:50 PM   #40 
  - Wonderful story.  Terran1212   Apr-17-06 05:56 PM   #3 
  - So the homeless guy gets a hundred bucks.  Zhade   Apr-17-06 05:57 PM   #4 
  - A hundred bucks is a very generous  BlackHeart   Apr-17-06 06:04 PM   #7 
  - A hundred is a lot to a janitor  DBoon   Apr-17-06 06:22 PM   #10 
  - why should he have to turn it down as proof he has class  JI7   Apr-17-06 10:50 PM   #41 
  - He's homeless he doesn't have "class"  readmoreoften   Apr-18-06 01:04 PM   #74 
  - So send some money to the guy yourself!  Bridget Burke   Apr-18-06 07:26 AM   #53 
  - Oh man...  LanternWaste   Apr-18-06 10:47 AM   #64 
  - Great story.  superconnected   Apr-17-06 06:03 PM   #6 
  - Quite possibly the dumbest human being on earth!  apple_ridge   Apr-17-06 06:04 PM   #8 
  - Oh please...  BlackHeart   Apr-17-06 06:06 PM   #9 
  - I guess, if you think morals = dumb.  missb   Apr-17-06 06:24 PM   #11 
  - So. I'm assuming from your post that you would have kept the money and  Lochloosa   Apr-17-06 06:59 PM   #15 
  - haha..i think (s)he was being a 'devil's advocate'  pretzel4gore   Apr-17-06 07:30 PM   #17 
  - Devil's Advocate  alcibiades_mystery   Apr-17-06 08:05 PM   #21 
  - That reply is not even worth discussing.  Lochloosa   Apr-17-06 08:51 PM   #26 
  - i would have kept the money- but not the cards.  QuestionAll   Apr-17-06 08:40 PM   #25 
     - Yes, found money is found money...but this wasn't found money.  Auntie Bush   Apr-17-06 10:17 PM   #36 
        - he found it in a garbage bin- so yes, it was found money...  QuestionAll   Apr-18-06 01:09 AM   #45 
           - Perhaps he didn't want to be a thief  Bridget Burke   Apr-18-06 07:32 AM   #56 
           - finding and keeping something that's been disdcarded in a dumpster-  QuestionAll   Apr-18-06 12:12 PM   #69 
           - Nice.  theHandpuppet   Apr-18-06 10:26 AM   #59 
              - to me, the key words are "garbage bin"  QuestionAll   Apr-18-06 12:08 PM   #68 
                 - Nobody in their right mind would throw away intact credit...  Solon   Apr-18-06 02:52 PM   #79 
                 - technically- ANY found money should be turned over to authorities...  QuestionAll   Apr-18-06 07:44 PM   #93 
                    - Your only using half of it...  Solon   Apr-19-06 06:07 AM   #103 
                       - any found money should be turned in- identity or not  QuestionAll   Apr-19-06 09:57 AM   #105 
                 - Riiiiiiiiight....  theHandpuppet   Apr-19-06 04:45 AM   #102 
                    - not too many that i know of.  QuestionAll   Apr-19-06 10:01 AM   #106 
  - New DU Feature: Autobiography!  alcibiades_mystery   Apr-17-06 08:04 PM   #20 
  - Oh that's a good one. Kudos.  Zynx   Apr-18-06 12:48 PM   #72 
  - If you are referring to yourself  TheWatcher   Apr-18-06 01:15 AM   #46 
  - please explain n/t  SlavesandBulldozers   Apr-18-06 07:18 AM   #52 
  - Integrity is not what you do when people are looking...  DaDeacon   Apr-18-06 11:34 AM   #66 
  - I'd hate to find out what you think the smartest humans are?  devilgrrl   Apr-18-06 03:13 PM   #81 
  - wow. just wow  BareNakedLiberal   Apr-18-06 04:40 PM   #86 
  - okay everyone...  girl gone mad   Apr-18-06 05:20 PM   #89 
  - that's no better..  President Kerry   Apr-18-06 09:52 PM   #100 
  - Quite possibly the smartest...  GoddessOfGuinness   Apr-18-06 08:35 PM   #95 
  - Nicer than the person who found my wallet and charged gas  LisaM   Apr-17-06 06:47 PM   #14 
  - Great story. Thanks. n/t  Jazz2006   Apr-17-06 07:04 PM   #16 
  - This reminds me of a story...  Solon   Apr-17-06 07:54 PM   #18 
  - i think it's a 'know thyself' thing  pretzel4gore   Apr-17-06 08:31 PM   #23 
  - My son found a $20 bill once  jbnow   Apr-18-06 01:29 AM   #49 
  - Good for you!  robbob   Apr-18-06 10:38 AM   #62 
  - This proves that God is a homeless guy.  Chemical Bill   Apr-17-06 08:00 PM   #19 
  - I like that.....  Mind_your_head   Apr-17-06 08:37 PM   # 
  - You have to watch  OldLeftieLawyer   Apr-17-06 09:16 PM   #31 
  - Once when I was waiting for a bus in downtown Portland at night  Lydia Leftcoast   Apr-17-06 08:06 PM   #22 
  - Good on you, Lydia.  Zhade   Apr-17-06 11:26 PM   #44 
  - How did the thief guess the PIN? -nt  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Apr-18-06 01:36 PM   #76 
     - She processed it as a credit card transaction  Lydia Leftcoast   Apr-18-06 02:27 PM   #77 
  - A janitor with $900 in her wallet? Hmm  HannibalBarca   Apr-17-06 08:37 PM   #24 
  - To walk around with that  benddem   Apr-17-06 08:53 PM   #28 
  - No kidding!  high density   Apr-17-06 08:55 PM   #29 
     - people who don't have much money often don't have bank accounts  JI7   Apr-17-06 10:47 PM   #39 
     - or people with questionable credit  shanti   Apr-18-06 01:17 AM   #47 
     - She's a Thai immigrant  MountainLaurel   Apr-18-06 03:16 PM   #82 
  - I would have kept the money  bluestateguy   Apr-17-06 08:52 PM   #27 
  - I am SO glad you didn't find the purse I lost last year. I tipped the  tinfoilinfor2005   Apr-17-06 09:26 PM   #34 
  - I remember reading a snippet in the paper about a homeless  KCabotDullesMarxIII   Apr-18-06 05:35 PM   #92 
  - Hate to reveal my technical ignorance, but where is the site?  shrike   Apr-19-06 09:30 AM   #104 
  - he must be a homeless by choice/ non-alcholic/druggie  Truth Hurts A Lot   Apr-17-06 11:07 PM   #42 
  - wow that's a good point.  superconnected   Apr-18-06 09:07 PM   #97 
  - $900 would not have resolved his homelessness  MelliMel   Apr-18-06 01:22 AM   #48 
  - Oh, come on....  Bridget Burke   Apr-18-06 07:35 AM   #57 
  - I think you forgot to add 'character'.  LanternWaste   Apr-18-06 10:53 AM   #65 
  - And he gets to know he's better than people who would keep the money.  superconnected   Apr-18-06 09:10 PM   #98 
  - Personal integrity is a wonderful thing.  lumpy   Apr-17-06 09:09 PM   #30 
  - It is, indeed.  Jazz2006   Apr-18-06 02:45 AM   #51 
  - And no one can take it from you  worldgonekrazy   Apr-18-06 03:38 PM   #84 
  - One thing we know for sure: He is definitely not a republican.  Zorra   Apr-17-06 09:21 PM   #32 
  - Not luck. The Republican would have thanked God for  tanyev   Apr-18-06 07:30 AM   #55 
     - LOL. Yep, you're right....I stand corrected. Thanks. n/t  Zorra   Apr-18-06 07:41 AM   #58 
  - 'God' is a Honest Citizen  MrPrax   Apr-17-06 09:21 PM   #33 
  - Anyone interested in donating a few bucks for his kindness:  tinfoilinfor2005   Apr-17-06 10:11 PM   #35 
  - I can't find contact info for the OC Homeless Coalition --  sfexpat2000   Apr-18-06 12:53 PM   #73 
     - I hope I see your followup post if you find it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  bushmeat   Apr-18-06 04:36 PM   #85 
        - I think the Orange County Register got the organization wrong  sfexpat2000   Apr-18-06 04:47 PM   #87 
  - I would say to him-keep it, dude.  lizzy   Apr-17-06 10:25 PM   #37 
  - Then why don't you give him $900 of your dollars, dude? /nm  jseankil   Apr-18-06 10:33 AM   #60 
  - that's good karma  Blue_Tires   Apr-17-06 10:46 PM   #38 
  - Good for him.  seawolf   Apr-17-06 11:20 PM   #43 
  - As a homeless person  CheChe   Apr-18-06 02:41 AM   #50 
     - Welcome to DU, CheChe  sfexpat2000   Apr-18-06 12:32 PM   #70 
  - His Parents can be proud of him. Money doesn't buy class.  jseankil   Apr-18-06 10:36 AM   #61 
  - That man deserves to be a national hero.  Gregorian   Apr-18-06 10:39 AM   #63 
  - Screw the statue. Give him a room -- and a job.  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Apr-18-06 01:28 PM   #75 
  - Or, help these guys out. They're local to him and have had  sfexpat2000   Apr-18-06 05:29 PM   #91 
  - seriously, if you found a wallet with 900 dollars in it, credit cards  superconnected   Apr-18-06 08:58 PM   #96 
     - Absolutely. I meant "greed", in general terms.  Gregorian   Apr-18-06 09:58 PM   #101 
  - If God exists he should be kind to this man  Radioactive   Apr-18-06 11:50 AM   #67 
  - Maybe God IS this man...  GoddessOfGuinness   Apr-18-06 02:58 PM   #80 
  - That does not surprise...  snacker   Apr-18-06 12:46 PM   #71 
  - Ken Lay should be homeless  Cocoa   Apr-18-06 02:46 PM   #78 
  - Disagree. Housed, hosed and poor, yes. I don't mind spending  antifaschits   Apr-18-06 03:23 PM   #83 
  - Once when I was bartending in a strip club,  girl gone mad   Apr-18-06 05:16 PM   #88 
  - I wish I could get there. Today I'm taking a daylong timeout  sfexpat2000   Apr-18-06 05:28 PM   #90 
  - One of the reasons people become homeless is they haven't  ckramer   Apr-18-06 08:30 PM   #94 
     - But... but... they're all drug addicts!!!  BlueInPhilly   Apr-18-06 09:27 PM   #99 

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