Post # 1
So, I just got thinking about this for no reason. If you could give away your engagement or wedding ring to someone who was homeless and it would keep them from starving/freezing to death, would you? Totally disregarding any other money you have. Just if the ring was the only thing you could give them and the only option to save someone’s life. I know it’s an unrealistic scenario, but if it was the only way to help someone live would you do it?
Post # 3
Obviously not or I would have already lol. BUT if it was a different scenario then yes….
Post # 4
I’m a highly sensitive person, so I would ACHE to do this, but I don’t think anyone in my life would let me. Not because everyone is selfish, but because it would start something that couldn’t be stopped…already in real life I’ve run into problems because I always have to save people. I just gave my mom thousands of dollars to travel to her country because her mom is dying, I’m trying to buy my little brother a decent car (bought one for my mom last year, she was making payments to me but has since stopped because my stepdad lost his job) and trying to buy all the necessary furniture for his baby that’s due in June, and trying to figure out how to save my cousin’s life (who has kidney failure and lives in a third world country and needs $20,000 for surgery)…all while trying to find a decent car for myself and pay for our wedding with no contributions from family. And finish building my house, which is only halfway done. I’m not rich. FI and I do ranch work and it’s not exactly…steady. I just…I’m so sensitive and it makes me physically ill when I’m worried about people. So I do what I can. Money is replaceable…BUT I think everyone in my life would have to stop me from helping a random homeless person because that would be taking things way too far (for me).
Post # 5
Honestly, no. My ring isn’t worth that much so it wouldn’t do a lot.
Post # 6
for a family member or close friend I would, but not a Random homeless person on the street.
Post # 7
Yes and no. Technically, I could sell my ring right now and save someone from starvation. Many people, in fact. And part of me does feel guilty that I have nice things while someone else doesn’t have necessities. To me, it’s a balance. I do give to others and help those who are less fortunate, but I refuse to beat myself up over owning every little thing I own.
Post # 9
@lenabee: It’s hard to imagine a scenario where my ring would help anyone, but if (e.g.) only a gold ring would start the defibrillator I’d gladly offer mine.
Post # 10
@lenabee: Without thinking about it, if it wasn’t a continuing situation – meaning, a homeless person could sell my e-ring and eat for a week or whatever (it wasn’t THAT expensive compread to most and probably wouldn’t resell for that much) but then he’d be back where he started. However if my ring could make a more permanent change, or solve an acute (rather than chronic) life threatening problem, I would give it away.
Jewelry can be replaced. A life can’t.
Post # 11
I voted no; anything else would be a lie because I haven’t given it away and people die every day of poverty.
Likewise I haven’t given away or sold my other jewellery, my expensive phone, my designers bags and sho s, etc.
Post # 12
I can be quite suspicious of con artists and the like. If I knew for an absolute fact that the ring would make a real, genuine and meaningful difference, long term, to someone’s life, I would. It’s only a ring, after all.
However, there aren’t that many scenarios where I can see it happening… I’m too worried about unscrupulous people out there… you’d need to be more specific.
Post # 13
People starve and freeze to death every day. I have yet to sell my family heirloom engagement ring to donate the money to Oxfam. So, obviously, my answer is no. For everyone saying they would – then why haven’t you? Not judging, I said no, but let’s be honest.
Post # 14
@JenGirl: I was wondering that too.
Post # 15
Quite frankly, no. I don’t think that giving my ring – or any piece of jewelry I own, or any item I own – to someone is going to magically save a life. I just cannot think of a scenario where that would happen. I don’t do hypotheticals like that. If it can be tested, test it. If the scenario can’t be tested, it’s invalid.
Post # 16
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
In the scenario you gave, I’m not sure. There’s no guarantee of the solution being permanent by selling a rapidly depreciated piece of jewelry that might pay rent/bills for like two months. So then it’s not worth it.
If we change the scenario to an ill and dying stranger and my ring is the last ingredient in a scientifically proven life saving magic potion (?? Lol) then yes, in a heartbeat, it’s someone’s life!
Edit: Less magical scenario: You’re getting mugged and they say “Give me your ring or else I’ll shoot that random person over there!”
Or your ring and a stranger fall into a lake at the same time and stranger can’t swim. Seems like people are getting hung up on the specific scenario OP posted instead of the intent of the question: which do you value more?