So you to know, several weeks ago I spent more time than I had to going downtown the city, and therefore having to get back in a rush aboard the subway, but needing to make a transfer at a given station. It was near midnight and not much people as it used to be at rush hours, so the corridor connecting one station with its counterpart in the other line I had to switch was practically desert except for an alcoholic addicted in rags, reflecting his low socioeconomic status and self-abandonment. The few people passing by were looking at him with disdain while he was trying to make a supreme effort to remain upright and courteously saying "good evening" to anyone in his way with the attitude of someone looking for acceptation, but being ignored and judged by narrow-minded users of a public transport, that being public is for anyone, not for elitists. It was my turn to pass next to this man who equally said "good evening" to me. Obviously I replied to his greeting with a smile and a good evening back and, you would see his face! It was like he would suddenly have found a ray of sunshine in the middle of nowhere. He tried to gain strength and began to walk by my side but not so close, probably fearing to be rejected or something, and then began to elaborate why people didn't respond to his greeting being his sincerest wish people would have a good evening in their way back home and sad because he had no home where to go. To make a long story short, from the corridor to the train platform, I learned that he was an alcoholic because of this, people showing no sympathy due to the way he looked like and nobody wanting to hear how bad he was feeling for this, nor the much he is trying to recover, but in obvious need of someone's acceptation. Once at the platform, he wanted me to give him my blessing as a parent would do, and visibly moved for this action, he walked away to get the opposite platform while throwing a plastic bottle away, a bottle with alcohol he didn't need anymore at least for that night we met. This experience confirms that many times is society who contributes to make addicted those persons they disdain rather than understand and help.