As far as I know, we only get once around the block. In everyone's life there is an immensity of need all around us. There are also a lot of us to share that burden. If each of us do something, anything to alleviate some of that burden, then the world would be noticeably more a better place.
Robert took someone in and feels guilty about not wanting to do that again. He shouldn't feel guilty. He did what most of us wouldn't. That is all that is needed is that we do something good in our lives. We choose to help or hinder or the third choice which is to not be here one way or the other. To not be in the world but to pretend that we are outside of it. That we can remove ourselves from being human and living among humans and humans help each other or hurt each other there is no none of the above choice there.
Be glad that there is a good mark on your ledger pages that record your one life. Be glad or have sorrow about how many good marks are there on those pages or be sad at how few there are. If you find that there are more than a few or lots and lots of little ones be glad.
The only real concern is when there are mostly bad marks that you feel ashamed of in your life.
And maybe just maybe a life with no marks either good or bad is evidence of an empty life, a life unlived and unloved.
Choose the side you would stand on and I would much rather have helped a friend like did Robert.
But also like Robert... I would feel ashamed at keeping that other $9 dollars when someone had nothing.
Such is life... only at the end are all the marks both good and bad get counted. Which would you rather have more of? That's all.
Which did you have more of... good or bad?
You get a bad mark every time you voted republican ... so too bad!!!