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  Friday, 09 October 2015
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Welfare is organized charity, funneled through the collective, the government. But it raises many issues. How should we help others who are less fortunate? Can we differentiate between the "deserving poor" and the "undeserving" poor? When is helping someone really helping them, and when is it rescuing them and enabling their own self-defeating behavioral patterns. Can beggars be choosers? Are any "rights" implicitly forfeited by someone who receives charity? For example, if offered work, is the person who is given welfare obligated to accept that job, even if they don't like that work? What if the decision as to a job being not acceptable is viewed as trivial or unworthy by others?
8 years ago
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The book "Fundamentals of Gnostic Education" (http://gnosticteachings.org/books-by-samael-aun-weor/fundamentals-of-gnostic-education.html) expresses a philosophy that can provide a starting point for understanding these issues. At its base is the important, simple wisdom of: "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for life."

You may also be interested in this article, which expresses another angle on the philosophy of how to help those who need help (but sometimes do not want it): http://gnosticteachings.org/books-by-samael-aun-weor/the-revolution-of-beelzebub/653-in-the-vestibule-of-the-sanctuary.html

“Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes.” —Demosthenes

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." —Samael Aun Weor

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