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Haley Goranson

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Which is more important, to do right or to do good?

A rich man walks down the street and drop a 20 dollar bill. You know he will not even notice it is gone. On the side of the street sits a beggar who looks really hungry. The good thing is to give the money to the beggar, the right thing is to give it back to the man who dropped it.



- Maybe instead of taking this question , as a question of right and wrong or judgment, perhaps what we can take from this is that there are a variety of opinions and many people have different ideas of what is morally right. That is beautiful to me. This is just an example that good and right are almost undefinable, or at the least the definition is always changing for everyone.

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    Jan 7 2013: I find this conversation saddening.

    To assume the man is evil “rich and that he will not even notice it is gone” and the beggar is worthy of the stolen money is arrogant to think anyone have the right to make such snap judgments’. As far as you know the man is runs several NGOs including the local food bank, and is on his way to meet a new donor. And FYI he can provide over a dozen meals with $20, and that bagger is not working in order to not pay child support.

    Personally some may see how little I give to charity and incorrectly judge poorly.
    I have some basic rules to being charitable;
    1. Don’t be in need of charity or in need as little as possible.
    2. Do what you can do insure you will never need charity.
    3. Help other that desire to help themselves, but need a helping hand to get there.
    I was dx. 10-years ago with a health issue and I could be on charity, but instead I work every day to stay self-reliant and to be sure that I will for as long as possible.

    I’m sure those who did the Salem witchcraft trails of 1693 believed they were doing good.

    I believe the best we can do is live by "The Nine Noble Virtues" and to me, judging others is not a virtue.
    In fact hospitality should be given to all, no matter their nationality, sex, education, wealth, or religion.

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