Monday, October 20, 2008

If you Give a man a Fish

... he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for his whole life.

I'm currently working my way through Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and not liking the general theme of defeatism. The book is clearly a classic as you can see how it applies to some of the themes in society today as well as it did when it was written more than 50 years ago.

Lots of money is donated to charity every year. Conservatives give more to charities than liberals. This is an opportunity to do more than just lend a helping hand, it's an opportunity to reshape the culture.

Why give to a charity that simply hands out food? Why give to a charity that simply donates books to libraries or helps single parents? The recipients of such donations will be back in a short while, needing yet more charity. What if, instead, every gift was accompanied by some instruction as well?

"Before I give you your food pack, let me teach you something from Dave Ramsey ..."

"While I take you to the ballgame as your Big Brother, let's talk about the corrosive effects of popular culture ..."

I wonder if there is a list of the charities that predicate handouts on attending such instructional sessions. I wonder if enough of us banded together and demanded it, could we reshape some existing charities as well?



B-Daddy said...

What's a catholic boy like you reading an atheist tome like that?

Seriously, it is a great book, and one of the few books that can really get you thinking about your world view. Unfortunately, I accepted its atheism when I was a teen reading the book, much to my regret later in life.

K T Cat said...

b-daddy, I'm old enough and sure enough in my faith to not worry about the atheism of the book. God exists and that's that. Now let's get on to temporal matters ...