“When we do a random act of kindness, we do it without seeking recompense.”
Hatred kills generosity.
Hateful words deriding another person for their acts of charity, only serve to diminish the sympathy for others felt by the recipient of such unkind commentary.
In the end, the once charitable person, mocked and ridiculed for their acts of kindness becomes unwilling to give. Their once kind hearts, numbed by the senseless verbal attacks leveled at them, turn to stone.
Who suffers? The needy person; the intended recipient of the charity.
Such a story circulates in social media today, about a very bitter person’s reaction to another person’s charitable contributions to some needy kids.
“I can’t believe she actually gave money to this cause,” the poster wrote, reacting to a story posted in social media about a woman who donated to a charitable cause. The poster claimed familiarity with this generous person described in the story. Seems they were married at one time.
“She yelled at me whenever I put money in the collection plate on Sunday,” his commentary continued.
“She never allowed me to give money to my ailing parents either. Or give me money to bet at the cockfights. She was so tightfisted she squeaked when she walked. And now she gives to charitable causes? Hypocrite! How bogus. How fake. Making herself look good outside. Rotten inside. Can you believe it?” The poster continued with his unkind commentary.
A firestorm of posts erupted. Commenters from all corners dove in to the fray. The scene turned ugly.
“Hoy, you better stop posting… your comments are not true. You lying,” one poster wrote.
Someone who apparently knew them when they were a couple left this post: “If you do not stop commenting I will reveal all your stinky secrets. And the whole world will know just how rotten you were as a husband. Lazy and dumb. No work because no one will hire you. You are nothing but a freeloader.”
Still, another poster wrote, “Please think twice before you post. You are embarrassing yourself. Big time.”
Whoa. Time out. Let’s come up for air. What about the generous person described in the story – the original object of the disgruntled poster’s ire? How was she impacted by all this trash talk?
When hateful words kill a person’s generosity, the recipient of the charity suffers.
Sadly, the unkind posts impacted her negatively. She regretted ever having given to the cause of the needy kids. She vowed never to donate to such charitable causes. She faded into social networking obscurity. Vanished – never to be heard from again.
Ultimately, who lost in this brew-ha-ha? The disgruntled ex-husband you think? Not hardly.
The ex-wife? Nope.
The needy kids? You bet.