Not the rich and the poor, for to know a man’s wealth
You must first know the state of his conscience and health,
Not the happy and sad, for in life’s passing years,
Each has his laughter and each has his tears.
No, the two kinds of people on earth I mean
Are the people who lift and the people who lean.
In which class are you? Are you lifting the load
Of some overtaxed lifter who’s going down the road
Or are you a leaner who lets others share
Your portion of toil and labor and care?
-Ella Wheeler Willcox
Why did you think? Does this poem remind you to stop being such a meanie?
Are you lifting someone’s load? Or are you a “leaner”?