Why Not Buy A Hot Dog?

I needed to pick something up from the convenient store by my work. On my way in, a guy on the corner who was homeless and trying to raise a little money asked: “Hey, maybe grab me a hot dog?” I don’t know if he was completely serious, but I was sure he could use the hot dog. Standing in line, I though: Why not? Why not buy the hot dog?

After all, I was already at the counter buying things. The hot dogs were right there. All I had to do was ask for it and then hand it to the guy on my way out. I was sure he could use the meal, and it was only $2. I was buying $40 worth of stuff anyway. I wouldn’t even need to run an additional transaction.

It gets so hard to keep up with downtown. I donate money from time to time, but there are so many people who need help down here. I rarely even carry actual money, doing most of my donations online, so you get kind of hardened to it. I rarely have anything to hand over.

But a hot dog? I could do that. It wasn’t even that much effort. I just had to overcome the inertia of not doing anything and do just a tiny, few things. Such a small thing to make some kind of a difference.

I bought the hot dog.


About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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