In many situations, we find proof that dignity goes far beyond a high social position, having money, an important position in a company, or even the achievements provided by success or fame. The unequivocal proof of what I say is based on two episodes that a dear friend and I experienced.
One day, walking along the street, we saw a man who, between the vehicles, was holding out his hands asking for help to eat. We stopped next to him and my friend asked if he had already had lunch. He said no, and we offered him to buy some food.
As we were close to a bar, we suggested that he accompany us and, along the way, he told his story: “I'm 55 years old, I'm unemployed, I'm not getting another job. “.
As soon as we arrived at the bar, he asked if instead of getting the food, to eat on the street, he could sit at the table, as the others were doing. And, when we agreed, his face lit up with joy, thanked him, saying he would pray for us, it seemed the perfect translation of someone who was receiving an award.
The man, when the food was served, took a polite attitude, demonstrating that, more than anything, being able to be there, as well as other people, brought him back something very important, that is, the feeling of a dignity he had lost.
A few days later, we were walking down the street and a young man who was selling sweets approached us asking: “Can you buy me some food? And I don't want money, because I have R$5.00, but as the hot one costs R$ 15.00, I ask you to complete what I need to buy because I'm very hungry, I haven't eaten since yesterday.”
Look, even in this situation, he didn't want money, he just wanted to satisfy the hunger that punished him.
We took him to a nearby bar, asked them to give him a warm one, and as we were leaving, he held out the box of sweets, saying: “take the sweets, so I can reciprocate the help”. Of course, we don't accept it. Furthermore, he insisted on paying at least R$ 5.00, the result of the few sweets he had sold. However, for him, the important thing was to want to give back, as a way of maintaining the dignity that kept him going.