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Does society have an obligation to the less fortunate?

Updated on May 31, 2012

I do believe that everyone has a responsibility to the less fortunate because we could all be in a situation of needing help. I do not understand how people can pass a homeless man or hungry child and not want to help. It seems like people these days are so involved in their own lives, that another person not in their “bubble” has no bearings on their life. In short, if it doesn’t affect them directly, they are not interested in another’s plight. This type of thinking has brought about many phrases, the most common being, “fair weather friends.”

I have found myself in several situations that were certainly less than favorable, so to me I can see myself in other’s eyes. Personal life experience has shown me that we are all hear on this Earth to help each other and in public service can come happiness. From giving the person in front of me a few dollars so she doesn’t have to put back a child’s milk, an extra five to the homeless guy on the Interstate, to family matters that can be smoothed without loss of face. I try to help everyone, no matter their fortune or lack thereof.

My philosophy also includes a strong belief of living and letting others live, whether it agrees with my views or not. However, I do not believe that killing someone in self defense is wrong. I have been put in the situation before and I believe in the end, we as humans, have a right to live. I do not cause harm to others and I expect the same from them. I would never hurt someone out of anger or spite, however I refuse to allow someone to end my life. If there was a way around death, it should always be taken, but no one has the right to end my life before my planned time.

I also believe that money should not be a determinate of life value or in the decision to be kept alive medically. A person who is mentally retarded or eighty years old, have the same value as humans, the same right to live. I do believe that a person wishes to not be revived because it is their choice, beyond religious views. I have always found it so sad that those with get and those without don’t. All people are worth life and worth every chance that can be given. I think that society as a whole would run much smoother if we could respect and acknowledge each and every human being.


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    • SilentReed profile image

      SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

      In a perfect world hunger and poverty would not exist. But we live in a world of avarice where the richest nations consumption of natural resources have left disastrous impact on the environment.

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      kaiyan717 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I don't get it either. I think that some people think that it could never happen to them or they simply blame the person for being less fortunate. Glad I am not the only "bleeding heart." I truly believe, anyone could be homeless with the right series of misfortunate events.

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      Josak 5 years ago from variable

      Agreed, particularly about not understanding how people can walk past the miserable without a second glance, I regularly see people in 5 and 6 thousand dollar suits walk past a guy who needs two dollars for a hot meal or some coffee on a cold morning after a night on the rough and it always baffles me that they can just ignore that misery.