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Is it wrong to be strong? - Chris Pontius

Econimically and ideologically the world is a very stratified place. People are starving all over the place and i can't honestly say i care that much. I know that i should though, i know i should feel empathy for my fellow man in need. For example the other day i was walking home from school and i see this woman, standing on her knees,(in the middle of raging winter) asking people to help her, to give her some money or food. People walk by, try their best to ignore her and get on with their lives. After a split second of reflection, i do the same thing as everyone else, i look through her and walk away. Am i a bad person for doing this? Is it wrong not to share wealth evenly among humans? Are these morals that society is based on wrong? Darwin claims survival of the fittest is the way to evolution, does that apply to our society aswell? Should we leave the weak in the gutters? Is evolution even something to strive for? I dont know the answers to these questions. But i do know that im pretty apathetical to all of it, and i think there are many others like me out there. Observing, getting on with their lives.

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    Dec 9 2012: 1) Are you a bad person? Yes. There are 7 billion of us right there with you. We all need redemption and regular forgiveness and cleansing from unrighteousness.
    2) Is it wrong not to share wealth evenly among humans? No. To love money is the root of all kinds of evil. Earning money and enjoying the decent, harmless things it allows is not wrong.
    3) Are these morals that society is based on wrong? Yes. The best moral foundation for a society is the Constitution of the United States including its Preamble.
    4) Does Darwinism apply to sociological issues? It does not.
    5) Should we leave the weak in the gutters? No. In the USA hundreds of millions of wage earners give money from every paycheck to provide a safety net for those less fortunate citizens. Panhandlers are augmenting their income.
    6) Is Evolution something to strive for? It is not.
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    Dec 9 2012: What a sad story. I am confused as to why you equate lack of empathy with strength.
  • Dec 10 2012: Other thought provoking questions that rhyme:

    Is it right to be white?
    Are you down if you're brown?
    Is it Okay to be gay?
    Are you mellow if you're yellow?
    Will you mold if you're old?
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    Dec 9 2012: May you never be in the position where you need the kindness of strangers to support you in a time of need.
    On second thought...
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    Dec 9 2012: In my opinion, being "strong" has nothing to do with being homeless or poor. It has to do with the social and economical was put by the construct of or society, it has to do with bad luck, and it has to do with poor choices. This is nothing to do with the weak person and the strong person. Only about 30 percent of homeless are "weak " of mind. Then because of the way people treat them they become addicted to drugs and intoxicants and get stuck in the homeless state.

    This is not weakness it how anyone would act if the were treated as such.
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    Dec 9 2012: Be ware of the obsequious their nature is not trustworthy. There is nothing wrong with helping someone but do not compromise your integrity.

    When they first started holding up the signs that said I will work for food. I naively pulled over said get in I will put you to work but the guy said no don't really want to work...

    I read in the paper that some of these guys make 50k with this scam. I saw a show by John Stossel where these guys get more free food than they know what to do with.

    The other day a NY cop bought a homeless guy a pair of shoes and it was a popular story but the back story is the guy can't wear shoes as it makes him a target for other bums to knock him out and to steal the shoes, the guy is provided with free housing and other public services, it was not as it appeared, the obsequious are not quite as helpless as they appear.

    And this for those who think I'm mean:

    A man was riding in the back of his limousine when he saw a man eating grass by the roadside. He ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate.

    "Why are you eating grass?" he asked the man.

    "I don't have any money for food," the poor man replied.

    "Oh, please come to my house!"

    "But sir, I have a wife and four children..."

    "Bring them along!" the rich man said.

    They all climbed into the limo. Once underway, the poor fellow said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us in."

    The rich man replied, "No, you don't understand. The grass at my house is over three feet tall!"
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      Dec 9 2012: There is a difference, I think, in your perspective here and what Erik puts forward. Erik writes that people are starving all over the place and he cannot honestly say he cares that much. He interprets other people's passing the person by the same way, though they may have quite different feelings and reasoning than he does.

      I do not hear you, Pat, saying you don't care about people who may be suffering. I hear you saying, rather, that when you reach out to help someone, you want to be sure you are helping someone who actually needs your help rather than someone who may be taking advantage of your heart.

      These two perspectives to me are very different.

      Go ahead and correct me if I misinterpreted your position.
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        Dec 9 2012: Not everyone is equal, no one is static. They change the very fact that Erik ponders this question is indicative that he has become aware of something he was not aware of before. As is often the case the question is the answer.

        But I'm saying giving people stuff is not doing them a favor as they are compromising their integrity and become dependent on charity. I love to bring people up a notch but not by giving them stuff as this is pernicious and how people become enslaved. As they say the road to hell is lined with good intentions.
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        Dec 9 2012: I wish more people did...