posted on Oct, 8 2011 @ 03:07 PM
reply to post by network dude
Heres my moral take on the situation. Either action would have been justified. Withholding money would have been to prevent him from further
destroying himself with drugs or alcohol.
At the same time, perhaps he has fallen so deep into an existential black hole that giving him some money to buy alcohol/drugs would be a much sought
after relief, which even in his moral state would be a nice gesture, albeit, one that doesnt improve his general situation.
It really depends. We dont have any information about the person...all we really do when we pass by a homeless person and consider offerring him some
money is guaging what would be best. Sometimes we rationalize "this would just be worse for him" so we withhold any monetary charity, and at other
times, perhaps when were feeling more sympathetic to his current existential state, we give him the money think "he would atleast find relief from his
misery in alcohol or drugs".
One response considers the immediate benefits ie; a brief relief from his misery through drugs/alchhol, the other is a more 'wise' approach, in that
we consider the net result of what will happen when we give him the money.
Frankly, i think the best form of charity is not money, but clothing, food, or a means to reform himself (perhaps a apprenticeship type program, where
the homeless person can be taught the basic skills for a particular job) ie; things whiich can be more or less controlled. But what i think a homeless
person needs most is moral and spiritual support. We need to establish the means for this.
The way this culture we live in treats its homeless is abominable. Ghandi said "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the
way its animals are treated"..Coming from a Hindu - its not suprising. I think if we replace "its poor" with "animals" we'd arrive at a more just and
sound reasoning. A society which treats its poor like animals, is a very morally defunct society indeed. When the poor are treated well, then we can
expect the animals to be treated with decency aswell.
The poor are more important and deserving of support than animals are.
edit on 8-10-2011 by dontreally because: (no reason given)