Most of us have grown up selfish.
We live in a world where empathy has been lost to apathy and selflessness has been replaced by selfishness. That’s a trend that must be reversed.
Here’s a simple, everyday scenario that could happen to any of us:
You’re walking your child into school and a scrap of paper on the parking lot pavement catches your attention. You take a second glance and notice that the “trash” is actually a tightly folded $20 bill.
You reach down, pick it up, unfold the money, and consider sticking it into your pocket and taking it as a sign of a lucky day. Who wouldn’t appreciate a couple days of free coffee or lunch out with your spouse?
Finding money can be a blessing, but we need to stop and think about the specific situation of where and how we found the money. Did you find the $20 bill in a mostly empty grocery store parking lot, or in a busy school lot just before classes start?
Living the Ahersa lifestyle means living a life while doing no harm. That’s a concept that stretches from how you eat to how you act around other people, to what you choose to do with found money.
Finding the $20 in an empty grocery store lot and keeping it isn’t likely to cause harm because the person who dropped it isn’t likely to return to look for the lost cash. Finding the money in a school lot though is a different story.
The money was probably dropped by a student whom needed the cash to buy lunch for the week or wanted to buy a yearbook. The child probably feels some serious stress and is likely to ask the front office if anyone turned the money in. If you kept it, you have done harm to that child.
An Ahersa person will put him or herself in the position of the person who lost the money and turn it in if there’s a reasonable chance that the person who lost it will return.
The more often we can show empathy, the more the world will respond and become a better, safer, more loving place to live.