Two weeks ago I told you about my friend Ben who carelessly gave away his only house keys together with some groceries that he donated to a family. He was disappointed and hurt that the family would not return to the same street corner to return the keys to him. Many of you were kind enough to send Ben your comforting words.
MP took a religious approach and wrote:
Ben thought he was not rewarded for his good deed. But let’s not forget that he was spared of danger and his life twice that day. He was already quite well rewarded and watched over by somebody. If we could spend a day in safety and peace, isn’t that in and of itself the best compensation for a good act?
ST is a logical man and he wrote:
I admire Ben for what he did to the family — by no means naive or stupid. If I found the keys, I certainly would have gone back to try to return the keys to him. Is it possible that Ben misplaced his keys elsewhere, i.e. not in the WalMart bag in the box with the food?
CN must be a practical man because he wrote:
Ben’s generosity is neither naive nor stupid. He is simply a nice person with a kind heart. I think that the “family” is stupid by not giving the keys back to Ben. Since they were there begging, why don’t they just stay in the same spot for a day or two (instead of going elsewhere to beg) so they can
1. give the keys back to the good samaritan as a return of his good will ( and carelessness )
2. hopefully if they see him again and return to keys they probably will get an even better treat of a turkey (instead of only a chicken), croissant, a honey dew, a 1.5 Liter Tropicana … plus a big slice of smoked salmon, roasted beef …. (which they don’t have last time ), a worthwhile investment of time … unless they are gypsies!
AL is a Buddhist (I think) and he wrote:
I would certainly bring back the keys to Ben if I were the recipient of his generous help. Anyway, he has effected a good karma and he will be properly rewarded for his kindness and generosity, perhaps in his next life. This is a Buddhist way of seeing the ethical consequences.
AC is a romantic and she wrote:
Ben is a nice guy. If I were that family I would go back to the street corner to return to keys to Ben. I would also ask Ben if he had a girlfriend and introduce myself if he didn’t. Men with a kind heart like that don’t come around too often.
After I forwarded all these e-mails to Ben, he wrote back:
I thought I had a bad deal losing the keys. After I read your readers’ nice letters, I realized that I got a lot more in sympathy and comfort from them than the angst from those keys. I especially like the comment from one reader who wanted to meet me. Thank you so much!
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