Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Wednesday, June 23, 2004  

Today's Quote:

One of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity.

Andrew Carnegie
(1835 - 1919)

This conforms exactly with my experience at volunteering at a few Christian charities. Simply giving people people what they momentarily need with no acountability for self-improvement or challenge to change can help someone out of a jam or their current hunger, but it won't keep them from paracitism.

I don't begrudge giving a cold man a blanket, but I do begrudge a group that allows him to sleep under bridges, defecate on people's lawns, trash our riverfront and river parks, beg for money or collect Geberal Assistance for alcohol and drugs.

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas people from churches and celebrities dish out dinner for an hour or two, go home feeling like great humanitarians, and ignore the crime, drug abuse, public health menace, and trashing of civic life through their enabling of "the poor in spirit".

posted by Mark Butterworth | 3:52 PM |