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originally posted by: deadlyhope
a reply to: sycomix
What is the inherent flaw in wanting to give others basic things like water and food?
I'll never agree with legislation to give poor people smart phones and game consoles and computers and stuff.. But food and water?
What is the flaw in providing such things? Ethically speaking, with altruism as a hopeful, they should be taken care of. That's what capitalists always tell me.. Billionaires donate and donate and give life to others when they don't need money.
Why does the richest country in the world have enough empty homes to house the homeless?
But answer that question. What is bad, what is wrong, what is evil about providing shelter, food and such to those who cannot provide for themselves - whether it be temporarily or permanently?
I used to empathize, or agree with your line of thinking... I don't really believe people are who they are, though. I believe the homeless, humble and kind man could just as easily become a ruthless human trafficker addicted to money. It depends on if that person has any amount of conviction, if they have roots sunk far in the ground defining who they are and who they are not.
As for most of us? I think most could easily be a nice caring citizen one year, a ruthless ceo that will do anything for profit the next.
Sorry for the cynicism.