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Charity Begins With Wealth Creation

Tinsldr2 Wrote: Dec 26, 2012 4:01 PM
On Charity I often come back to the great Jewish Philosopher Moses Maimonides and his 8 levels of charity. ] The greatest level, above which there is no greater, is to support a fellow man by endowing him with a gift or loan, or entering into a partnership with him, or finding employment for him, in order to strengthen his hand until he need no longer be dependent upon others . Yes soup conditions are important and we cant let people starve on the street, but setting conditions where they can become self sufficient (getting gov out of the way) is the best form of charity. Gov programs that build cycles of dependance are not charitable in that are destructive to the human spirit.
Charity -- helping people who have trouble helping themselves -- is a good thing two times over. It's good for the beneficiary and good for the donor, too. Stephen Post's fine book, "The Hidden Gifts of Helping," reveals that 76 percent of Americans say that helping others is what makes them most happy. Giving money makes us feel good, and helping face-to-face is even better. People say it makes them feel physically healthier. They sleep better.

Private charity is unquestioningly better than government efforts to help people. Government squanders money. Charities sometime squander money, too, but they usually don't.

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