I think I’ve said this before, but: you know you’re getting old when you agree with David Brooks.
Pope Francis issued some practical moral guidance a few months ago that has stuck with me. When confronted with a panhandler, give. Always give.
Also, touch their hand and look them in the eye and recognize their humanity.
Since reading this, I have done none of it. But I think about it, and I appreciate that there is a moral authority offering me this sort of relevant, day-to-day guidance, and then I look sideways at myself, like, really? You’re listening to the Pope now?