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"Lift up your fellow man, lend him a helping hand"
by Ted Rudow III, MA (Tedr77 [at]
Monday Dec 24th, 2012 2:00 PM
Many poor folks in the world haven't yet found the real meaning of Christmas. So many people are lost, lonely, downtrodden, weak and weary. Some are weak in their bodies, weary in their flesh; others are weak in their minds; and yet others are weak in body, mind and spirit. There are the trampled-on, the poor, the persecuted, the hungry; those who are victims of war and crime and exploitation; those who nobody wants and for whom nobody cares; those who have so little in the way of worldly goods, who are lacking in food, clothing and shelter -- even the basic necessities.

There are others who do have material goods and riches. They can extend hands to those who are found wanting; those who have ache inside; those who are engulfed in a sea of emptiness. We can spread a little more love and light and cheer!

"Lift up your fellow man, lend him a helping hand. Put a little love in your heart."

Ted Rudow III, MA

by Philosopher
Wednesday Dec 26th, 2012 5:10 PM
As long as we live in a "competitive society", most of those who do have material wealth won't actually help out others very much -- for fear that if they donate too much they will "get behind" in the competition!

So that's why society must tax the wealthy -- because the vast majority of them are just "too afriad" to help out others very much, on their own. For example, most Western European countires tax the wealthy at higher rates than does the U.S., and consequently the poor are better off in those countires than in this country!

The U.S. puts way too much emphasis on individual actions, as opposed to collective actions, and consequently "the collective" -- that is to say "society in general" -- suffers. So rather than asking "What should I do?", we should instead ask "What should WE do?"!