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Monday, December 13, 2010

The Problem With Charity

It's the holiday season, and you are being bombarded by all sorts of people to give, give, and give some more.
"These children need toys!" They say, "They need shoes! Feed the homeless!"
The list goes on and on.

As a responsible citizen, you might feel like it is your civic duty to buy a child a Christmas present, but stop and think about how that present is going to change the child's life.

Is it going to put a recurring amount of food on their table?
Is it going to consistently motivate their parents to find more stable, higher-paying jobs?
Is it going to teach the child about education?

More than likely, your answer will be no.

It isn't that we should stop giving charitably; it's just that we should know the effects of doing so. It's almost like taking drugs because the effects on the receivers are short-term. 

Upward mobility in America is about self-sufficiency.

By always giving and never educating, how are these recipients going to rise above their current issues and take control of their lives?

We are crippling them.

How can we change the system of charitable giving?

We can attach lessons with giveaways. We can bring speakers to events where charitable donations are being given. We can require courses for families that need charitable donations.

The focus is education, and it is often forgotten in society.

Trust in people. Teach them how to fend for themselves, and they will.

The problem with charity is that it's easy. Giving a $10 present from Target to a child in need gives people warm fuzzies inside, and that's it.

Creating long-lasting effects is difficult, and the people in society that can make change say they don't have the time.

Are we too lazy and too self-absorbed to commit to change like this?


  1. I so so so agree with you Cher Bear. :)

  2. I can not help but agree with you! Absolutely! Isn't the old saying, 'Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach that man to fish and he will eat for a life time.' Cher, I have gone through my life compiling a very short list of great people I have meet and most all of them have influenced me in some way. I want you to know, I have suspected you should be on that list for some time. Today, I am sure of it. I am so honored to know such a wonderful soul such as yourself. I thank God he has caused our paths to cross in this life. I wish you the best in accomplishing your goals and if there is anything I may do to assist, all you need do is ask.

  3. That really means a lot to me. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful comment. :] I'll see you on Christmas!