The gift of knowledge
I love the story of a computer engineer in NYC who gave a homeless man a choice between $100 and a new laptop.
Patrick, the engineer, knew that Leo, the homeless man who the latter passes every day going to work, possessed a keen mind and a real interest in learning computer programming.
Leo chose the computer over the cash. So these days the two new friends spend an hour together before Patrick heads to work. He’s teaching Leo all about programming, which Leo says he will use to spread the word about global warming.
Of course, people are calling this gift thoughtful, but they are naively missing the point of what Leo really needs – a home. But I am siding with Patrick on this one. He didn’t just give Leo cash. He’s giving him knowledge, along with something too many people would probably never imagine giving the homeless man – sincere friendship.