04 Aug 15 12 57 51 PM

What a messed up world!

Who would you give your money to?

The first time I saw this video I was left speechless. How messed up this world really is I’m wondering? Why are we ready to support addictions we do not approve of, but would not help a person who claims to be in need especially when there is a child involved? And do we really need to walk a mile in someone’s shoes to believe them?

In the above video you’ll see a social experiment conducted by Coby Persin on the streets of New York. If you are not from the US, you may believe things are different in other parts of the world. Interestingly enough, when I was 17 I visited Krakow, Poland. On one of Krakow’s streets, famous for the number of beggars, there was a guy holding a sign “Student collecting cash for booze”. His only disability was the fact that he couldn’t lie and even though he was surrounded by people with obviously very real disabilities, his hat was ready to explode while others’ were empty. Back then it made me wonder: are we really so hungry for truth or are we simply ready to pay more when amused?

The messed up part of the story (or how you’ll get manipulated)

As a marketer, I know that perhaps people like me will be the only ones to actually draw conclusions by this social experiment. This will empower us to understand and manipulate audiences even better. I know for a fact however, that this isn’t what people want. As a human being, I would like us, people, to change things. And it all depends on us. What we believe to exist in this world we attract it. And yes, if one homeless single father is a cheater we will waste our money. But what if he isn’t? Why do we punish those who are honest with us simply because we assume they are liars based on someone else’s actions?

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  1. Maybe the reality of a homeless man and his daughter is harder to face.

    The sign about “weed drugs and alcohol” can be laughed off a little – at least he’s being honest, most people probably think, and a lot of the guys who gave money were joking around a bit. And maybe, because they have someone to “blame” (the man himself, for choosing to get involved with substance abuse / choosing not to get help), it’s easier.

    To approach a man with a daughter, takes more heart (like the lady who says a prayer) and the willingness to get deep. You can’t approach and get close to a small child like that without being affected. I think most people don’t want to be affected. Also in this circumstance, who is there to blame? No one obvious, so the blame falls on society, on us – the passersby – and it is probably easier emotionally and less hurtful to just ignore the situation and walk past, without getting personally involved.

    (not saying I condone blaming people with substance abuse, or mental illness, as both tend to affect the homeless in disproportionately high percentages… just trying to analyze what’s going on 🙂 )

    1. I completely agree with you… It’s actually sad we can’t really afford to be affected. Years ago I witnessed a road accident and chose to stay close to the relatives of some people who were injured. It resulted in them accepting me as someone obliged to take care of them. Nowadays I am much more cautious as to how much I get involved in other people’s lives which doesn’t necessarily makes me a great person, but on the other hand it gives me the chance to take good care of my own family.

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