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You are at your mother-in-law's house for Thanksgiving dinner, and what a sumptuous spread she has put on the table for you! The turkey is roasted to a golden brown; the stuffing is homemade and exactly the way you like it. Your kids are delighted: the sweet potatoes are crowned with marshmallows. And your wife is flattered: her favorite recipe for pumpkin pie has been chosen for dessert.
The festivities continue into the late afternoon. You loosen your belt and sip a glass of wine. Gazing fondly across the table at your mother-in-law, you rise to your feet and pull out your wallet. "Mom, for all the love you've put into this, how much do I owe you?" you say sincerely. As silence descends on the gathering, you wave a handful of bills. "Do you think three hundred dollars will do it? No, wait, I should give you four hundred!"
This is not a picture that Norman Rockwell would have painted. A glass of wine falls over; your mother-in-law stands up red-faced; your sister-in-law shoots you an angry look; and your niece bursts into tears. Next year's Thanksgiving celebration, it seems, may be a frozen dinner in front of the television set.
There is a difference, indeed. How come that you are willing to take care of whomever for money - but not for free?
And is it really true what you say - after all, thousands of people work for free as volunteers
So, is it really true that you are only willing to take care (for free) of family and close friends?
originally posted by: Athetosthe requirements I would impose on them to warrant the help in the first place.
I live in a small town with a crap load of welfare recipients that do nothing but drink and pass out all over the place as well as publicly deficate,urinate, and fornicate in public.
so in short screw everyone but myself and mine.
originally posted by: ForteanOrg
a reply to: Metallicus
Interesting: why do you think that it is comparing apple's with oranges?
Also: even if it is, do you feel we should work on a society based on the well being of others? So, do you prefer apples - or oranges?