The United Way realized that it had never received a donation
from the city's most successful lawyer. So a United Way volunteer paid
the lawyer a visit in his lavish office.
The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, 'Our research
shows that even though your annual income is over two million
dollars, you don't give a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give
something back to your community through the United Way ?'
The lawyer thinks for a minute and says, 'First, did your
research also show you that my mother is dying after a long,
painful illness and she has huge medical bills that are far beyond her ability
Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbles, 'Uh . . . no, I didn't know that.'
'Secondly,' says the lawyer, 'did it show that my brother,
a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair
and is unable to support his wife and six children?'
The stricken United Way rep begins to stammer an apology,
but is cut off again.
'Thirdly, did your research also show you that my sister's
husband died in dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless
with a mortgage and three children, one of whom is disabled and another that
has learning disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?'
The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, says, 'I'm
so sorry, I had no idea.'
And the lawyer says, 'So . . . if I didn't give any money
to them, what makes you think I'd give any to you?
Doctors give drugs of which they know little,
into bodies, of which they know less,
for diseases of which they know nothing at all.