When it comes to deciding whether to give money to a homeless person, most of us either pretend he doesn’t exist or dig into our pockets for some spare change. It’s easy for those who live in major metropolitan cities, where interactions with the homeless are part of the daily routine, to ignore their pleas despite how sad the stories on the cardboard are.
The homeless inversion video has an interesting point to make about the way we see poverty and wealth today. It reveals a tendency towards the pathetic need to prove personal success (a man saw the offer as an offensive insult to his, pointing out to his Mercedes Benz saloon car in an attempt to prove it), by reacting with irritation and disgust. After being offered a $10 note, a businessman told the disguised homeless man that: ‘I don’t need your f***ing money, you a*****. I could f***ing buy you.’
In the YouTube description, Erakat included the following inscription: ‘It doesn’t matter how much you have in life if what you have in life takes away from you being humble.
‘At the end of the day, even the most poor man can be the most rich depending on how much love he has in his heart.
His description echoes the ancient Greek philosopher’s Socrates words of wisdom: ‘He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature’. Erakat’s act inspires us to have faith in the goodness and hopefulness of the human race, no matter how cruel we can often be.
Watch the video here: WHAT IF THE HOMELESS GAVE YOU MONEY?