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  •  I appreciate this diary (13+ / 0-)

    And, of course, Kamakya there are fundamental issues which need addressing.  But there are also people going hungry at this moment.  Have to stop the bleeding before you fix the wound...

    I am also fine with the comments/diaries about what people have done to help.  I've made a few comments about my actions/experiences.  Even if I am preening, I can live with that.  

    I think examples of behavior that can be modeled and telling a positive story is a good thing.  We have to start where we are on the ladder of personal development and if people, including me,  need reinforcement or appreciation to do a mitzvah, so be it.

    And, I have been very poor, not homeless but close to it sometimes.  Doing better now..so it's not like I don't have some personal experience.

    Really liked the road to enlightment from Maimonides..working the highway...sh

    •  What goes around... (16+ / 0-)

      I agree.  Really.  I help when I can, all the time.  I donate to Food Banks, I give money to people on the street without any demand of how they spend it.

      But, on the other hand, I am reminded of the right wingers that say charity should be left to the churches (or the community).  In other words, the government should be left out of helping those in need and making policies that help those on the down low.  I can't disagree more vehemently.  

      What I want to see is, we, as a community, demanding more care for those in need, not less.  I think we need to shuck the stereotypes of homeless people and show that people of all walks of life are finding that even with hard work, or those who are fighting debilitating disabilities, that we are letting hundreds of thousands of people fall between the cracks.  

      •  excellent point...after all (8+ / 0-)

        it's not like anybody wants to be born with a disability or poor (except for a few religious...whose choice I respect, but do not want).  It's like if they can somehow distance themselves from poverty, illness, misfortune and pretend that it is somehow that person's fault, then it won't happen to them.  

        And as to private charities, well not that many of them don't do a great job, but frankly these days that is about as realistic as offering a chicken to your doctor.

        I think it they see a conflict between government, which ideally is all of us acting together, and the myth of "rugged individualism".    Reminds me of a book that I found very useful many years ago..the 7 Habits...In his view, he saw human development in stages of dependence, independence, and interdependence.  They do not have to be contradictory...

        Yes, RW, your taxes go to food stamps, which help some of your relatives and friends, but other than that, don't worry...we're not going to try to force you to be too kind...we are a community but if you have to sit in the corner with your face to the wall...well...okay...

    •  Private charity won't stop the bleeding. (7+ / 0-)

      We've got a few thousand years of civilization to prove it.

      "For example, I would support the wholesale annihiliation of an entire country...men, women, children, cats, dogs, whatever... if it is done to directly prevent the exact same from happening here." TooFolkGR

      by JesseCW on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 09:55:08 PM PDT

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