Unfortunately this time I have no pictures. Please don’t shun me and read on anyway, if you have the answer your recompense is my happiness… 🙂
Question: Why will we more readily give a homeless person a cigarette than some spare change?
Hypotheses of my own:
1. Perhaps it is because they can only do one thing with it, you know how it will be used. Hmm… this suggests some kind of paternalistic control need being filled…
2. Perhaps it is because there is some sort of kinship felt between smokers. A kinship based on shared knowledge of the physical feeling you get from having a smoke and from needing a smoke when one is not readily available.
3. Perhaps it is because money seems more valuable than a cigarette. Though this is what prompted me to ask this question in the first place, because with how much a pack costs these days, the literal cost of each cigarette must be similar to spare change you might give anyway. Ah, but then again of course money is always going to be more valuable because you can do anything with it, unlike a cigarette…
Ideas ideas, but I’d be curious to hear especially from people who do smoke and have engaged in this smoker’s generosity. It doesn’t necessarily have to be towards a homeless person either… It’s just seemed to me that many smokers are quite relaxed about sharing their cigarettes, even though these are precious items to them. Or maybe… smokers’ reliance on cigarettes makes them more aware of karma, that they’ll only get when they’re in need if they give to others. I’ve definitely noticed though that there is less reluctance to give up a cigarette than a couple of coins.