Monday, January 11, 2010

poor enough

As I walked along the beautiful streets of Paris a couple weeks ago, I was confronted with a harsh reality. Even this place which I had once envisioned as an upscale, flourishing city, was plagued with poverty. The travel channel will tell you about the amazing views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the great shopping along the Champs Elysee, and the delicious cuisine. But it won't mention the bums along the river, the beggars in the metro, or the "Watch Out For PickPockets" signs that are posted at all the tourist attractions. With all of this staring me in the face and forcing me to wrestle with questions about giving to "those in need", I was reminded of an article I recently read about the ways we judge who is worthy of our charity.  Check it out.