Unlike Hefficide, I don't believe Social Security is "asking for help". To me, it's something we paid into all of our lives under the false
presumption that the government was investing our money for our retirement years. Little did we know they were siphoning the funds to pay for wars
and such. So, my answers below do not include Social Security BENEFITS.
The old saying, "Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime" just doesn't cut the mustard either.
Hypothetical Callous Scenarios:
1. "You've got no arms, no legs, no prosthetics ... but I TAUGHT you how to fish so it's your own fault."
2. I saw a homeless man, unable to stand because of starvation, about to slit his wrist with a rusty old tuna can lid. I got the feeling he was a
Gulf War veteran who returned home and was unable to find work. But hey! Toss him a fishing book and tell him his condition is all of his own
3. I taught the man how to fish and he died anyway. Maybe I should have bought him a fishing pole, hooks and bait?
So, hopefully these awful scenarios above show the old saying sounds cool; but, is impractical.
Next, no, I wouldn't ask for help - not because of pride - I wouldn't ask for help because when society let's things get THAT bad that one needs to
ask for help, it's not worth living anymore.
Yes, I've consistantly helped and consistantly found out my help was squandered. Examples follow.
1. Donated extra to the local fire department to help cover the wildfires here last year. Guess what? They WHOLE department were inbred, related
crooks who stole all the donations for themselves. Yes, they all went to jail ... but, then the Volunteer Fire Department voted in yet ANOTHER
relative crook! After he was tossed in jail, they tried again to raise funds. So, do you play the fool for the third time and give or not?
2. Thanksgiving Dinner - I spent every penny I had to buy the required (by the program) stuff and delivered it to the recipient family. I spent MY
personal Thanksgiving dinner money on this reasoning that a person in bad times needed a cheer-me-up more than me. So, first, it took nearly a dozen
phone calls to arrange the transfer of goods (The whole turkey and all the trimmings which included everything.) and the people simply didn't have
TIME for me! They finally agreed to get their groceries a few days AFTER Thanksgiving. They had a huge, rich house and huge gas-guzzling car,
clothing fit for Hollywood etc. And they had put THEIR name on the list of needy families! They couldn't meet me on Turkey Day as they were having
their OWN Turkey Dinner. I had none that year.
3. I had just been at a meeting and a man there asked me to watch out for "anybody who needed a full-time job". He needed employees, great pay, nice
boss, benefits. No experience, education, or any other requirements. Okay, no problem. I see a homeless man with a sign that says. "Will work for
food." I stop to give the man the card for the employer-to-be, a donation and offer a ride to the place of employment and back to wherever he wanted
afterwards. He did NOT want the card or other offers. He didn't even want to HEAR about the cool job! He was "going home".
I could go on with many more examples, but, three examples are enough I think.
The point is - yes, I'd do it all again because WHAT IF?
What if ... ?
edit on 22/10/2012 by Trexter Ziam because: (no reason given)