Gratitude is an abused sentiment. Every day we are given reasons to be grateful but we don’t always see it, or it is ruined it with self pride. An ungrateful person is usually someone who has been given so many reasons to show gratitude that they become desensitized to the blessings all around them.
Like the little kid who gets such a huge pile of toys for Christmas every year that he can’t appreciate all of them, ungrateful people are always the ones who have the most to be grateful for. They go to a job that they may not like, blind to the fact that there are millions who don’t have a job. They live in a house that may be too small or not in the ideal neighborhood, and don’t notice the homeless in their own town. They have a refrigerator full of food and don’t hear the cries of the hungry. They may be fabulously successful and have everything they ever wished for, and are ungracious about it.
Gratitude is easy to blow off when times are good. Being given a jacket means more to the man who has none than it does to the man with a closet full of jackets. It should not be that way, nor should we devalue gratitude when it is offered to us.
Where it gets weird is with this most peculiar video.
There is a YouTube video of a hidden camera social experiment where a man pretending to be a homeless bum in ratty clothes went around offering money to random well-dressed people on the street, sort of like a “reverse beggar”. Only a few showed gratitude but did not accept the money. Most derided him and were offended that anyone would presume that they needed money in the first place. The most disturbing scene was when he offered cash to a guy in an expensive suit stepping out of a high end luxury car. The would-be beneficiary harshly berated the “homeless” donor and pointed out using numerous expletives that he was a man of great means. (from here)
Visit Chris’ post, check out that video, and read the rest of Chris’ post.
Then, if you are still interested, please consider my commentary below.
What is my thought about the video? Except for one lady, the video did not show off the good character of anyone. Why? It caught everyone by surprise, including its makers. Some years ago I wrote TRUSTED WITH VERY LITTLE. I included an observation by C. S. Lewis made at the beginning of one of his books, Mere Christianity.
When you catch yourself in a stressful situation and act from surprise, you know then your heart is less than pure. Then your pride, your anger, the greed, and all the fears you would so much like to keep suppressed and hidden flare up. Remember what is written about apostle Peter. When Christ was hung on the cross, the apostles fled, and Peter, who was to become the chief apostle, denied Christ three times. Three times the question caught him by surprise (see here). Only when the rooster crowed did Peter realize he had miserably failed to keep his promise not to disown Jesus.