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Do we have a moral imperative to help others?

If one includes others, please define "others". For example, are "others" family, friends, community, city, state, country, or world? Are others the most needy and/or the least powerful such as children or women in a poverty stricken country? When answering, keep in mind our innate ability as humans to self deceive, and answer based on one's current use of time, money, and emotional surplus, if any, rather than words absent of corresponding action.


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    Feb 11 2013: We are responsible for what gives us life; namely the environment in which we live and the people who help make it a working ecosystem.

    Our primary responsibility begins with self-development, for without this, we become a burden on others. We are not responsible for the failure of others, but we should take responsibility for helping others to become responsible for themselves, for we are not in this life alone. Our failure to help others in need justifies their failure to help us when we are in need. Yet to help others without discretion is to place unnecessary burdens on ourselves. It takes careful thought. We give as we are able, but should never give more than we are able; to him whom much is given, much will be required.

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