Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Nowadays people are more willing to help people they don't know (for example, by giving clothing and food to people who need them) than they were in the past.
It is without a doubt that helping those in need has always been a part of cultures and societies. By supporting these people, the community can grow. As a result, it is of high importance to observe the change in people's behavior toward those in need. From my point of view, people used to help strangers more in the past than they do now. I am going to elaborate on this by providing two reasons. The first and foremost reason is that people's financial situation has progressively worsened over time. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that people were inclined to spend more money on helping strangers in the past. Take my parents and grandparents, for example. My grandmother used to put aside a considerable amount of money to give away to the poor at the end of each month. In contrast, my parents do not keep this tradition up because their daily life expenses have become so high that they simply do not make enough money to consider donating some part of it. My grandmother's financial stability made her more willing to help the poor. This example illustrates how the new generation is not donating more money than the old ones due to their increased money problems. Secondly, people have lost their sense of empathy. Nowadays, we can see more people passing by the homeless on the streets without even skipping a beat to offer maybe even a little help. This, in my idea, is a society that has lost its empathy and hence is more unlikely to be willing to help each other. To demonstrate, I will share one of my experiences regarding this matter. Last year, as I was taking the subway on my way home, I saw a skinny and tiny young boy who seemed very ill. The subway was filled with people of different ages and genders, none of whom seemed to care or even notice this kid. I got really sad and asked him if he needed any help. Later, my mother mentioned that if this were to happen in her days, the whole place would definitely try to help the boy. My experience resulted in me losing faith in the modern world's society and believing that people helped others more in the past than they do so now. In conclusion, I am reasonably confident that people were inclined to help strangers more in the past generations compared to nowadays. This is because not only were they more financially stable, but they also were more empathetic.