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    thats one of the main points why charity can never make up for organized society. Right wingers like to suggest that it can but it doesnt. There is no accountability in charity (maybe for the oprganizations, but not for the givers, as it is up tp their free will). Charity is good for individual cases, but a society needs organized, publicly accountable helping, otherwise known as a social safety net, much more than charity.

    That is not cynical. Quite the reverse. The drive towards charity (as an individual act) is disempowering us all as a companionship of humans.

    •  marsanges, we need both. we cannot simply (5+ / 0-)

      close our eyes to human suffering by saying "it needs to be handled by an organization with accountability" - (not that you are saying that specifically).

      we NEED a social safety net, organizations (like alicia's voice) to fill in the void where government fails - but that doesn't absolve us of the responsibility to do what we can when met with an immediate need.

      telling someone who is hungry to go to a food pantry or offering food or money to buy food right now (if one can do that) does not resolve the issue of hunger in america.

      i think you did hit on the word that applies here - cynical.  you say that the drive toward charity as an individual is disempowering us as a companionship of humans.  i disagree. if i can feed another, give another dignity by giving without judgement or simply offer a kind word or smile - that is the reverse - it empowers BOTH the giver and receiver by forming personal contact.  

      perhaps the parable of the good samaritan is more appropriate than ever now.  it isn't JUST the government's responsibility to care for another (and, yes, the operative word here IS "care").  if we truly want the companionship of our species, it is the human interaction that will make that happen - not the neutral handing of money to an organization or walking by while saying "it is the government's responsibility".

      when there is something directly in front of us that we can change or make better, it is our responsibility to do so - if each of us did that, the world would be a much better place.

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:33:12 PM PST

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