Argument from a Homeless Man's Perspective
In Barbara Lazear Ascher's essay "On Compassion", she addresses the fact that people, when experiencing poverty, will express some form of compassion. She believes that people do not inherently possess this ability, but rather it is learned through these encounters with the less fortunate. Her statement holds true on several occasions, but also includes some questionable thoughts. Homeless people, when receiving money, food or clothes, do not always feel compassion, but instead sometimes self-pity or hatred towards those who have imposed these items upon them. The way that the homeless may view these acts does not follow suit with Ascher's belief.
Those who have been affected by poverty, and have become homeless or very poor, may discover some form of compassion towards those who are also less fortunate. They can feel a likeness between themselves and the others