Anyone who has ever experienced air travel before knows the gist of the safety speech provided by the lovely flight attendants. One important moral they teach is quite useful in life:

Take care of yourself first or you won’t be able to help others

You are instructed to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others, to include but not limited to small children. Why?

If you can’t take care of yourself, then you certainly can’t take care of others. This is not an act of selfishness, it’s maintaining the ability to assist others. You wouldn’t be that useful if you were unconscious, now would you?

If you’re cold, I could give you the shirt off my back, and I would gladly do so. However, if giving you my shirt would cause me to become incapacitated due to hypothermia, then I certainly can’t be of further use to you or anyone else that may be around.

To “get real” with it for a moment — think about the last time someone wanted to borrow money from you. Your rent is due, you have a shut off notice from the electric company, etc and your most beloved person in the world approaches you requesting $20 to buy a package of diapers. Do you do it? No. You don’t have $20 to give. So what if you still have the cash in hand because the check hasn’t cleared the bank yet — you still don’t have it to give.

There are alternatives to diapers. Sure, it wouldn’t be great but you could make cloth diapers out of old t-shirts or something. Yeah, it’s a little extreme but still possible. In reality, there are several charitable organizations that would be more than willing to help.

Most are willing to make sacrifices to help others in need. Generally, the world is caring. You just have to remember that sacrifices can’t include things to sacrifice your own health and safety.


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