Should charity begin at home?

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  1. FranyaBlue profile image74
    FranyaBlueposted 14 years ago

    This is an essay title my English lecturer gave out. Any opinions?

    1. ledefensetech profile image67
      ledefensetechposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That's the only place it can begin.  After all it is impossible to be charitable with other people's money.  Only the individual can decide which causes and charities they wish to support.  Any sort of enforced charity is little different from theft.

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      cosetteposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      yes. our first responsibility is to ourselves and our own, then if we have the means to help others, we should.

  2. Cagsil profile image70
    Cagsilposted 14 years ago

    Should charity begin at home?

    Well, I guess it would be helpful to determine exactly what you're talking about with regards to charity at home?

    Like for instance? smile

    Charity is to give willingly to those who are less fortunate. And, if your family is less fortunate....and you can help them be better than less fortunate, then YES.

    The problem stems from an underlying cause of low morality values.

    Charity is a moral value, honored by those who have or want to help others. Charity is a selfless act of giving of oneself. smile

    1. FranyaBlue profile image74
      FranyaBlueposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks. All she gave for the essay was the title 'Charity should begin at home' and then I have to decide if I am for or against and make my point. But I just wanted to see what others thought of this saying.

      I understood it to mean family but it could also mean countries giving money or aid or whatever to other countries instead of their own etc etc

      It is an open topic....can be seen in different ways.

  3. Cagsil profile image70
    Cagsilposted 14 years ago

    Once true understanding of morality is learned, then charity becomes obvious. smile

    1. FranyaBlue profile image74
      FranyaBlueposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yes the idea of giving to others is obvious...but when so many are in need who gets priority, and who determines what is less fortunate? - I have a better TV than my sister, but i'm not gonna buy her a new one....

  4. Misha profile image64
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    Yeah, it should - in order to be efficient. It may mean family, it may mean street, town, county - depending on your particular situation. smile

    1. FranyaBlue profile image74
      FranyaBlueposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I think starting off with charity at home might help to promote charity within the community.

  5. The Rope profile image60
    The Ropeposted 14 years ago

    You can also interpert the word "home" to mean "heart" giving a different spin on the statement..."Should charity begin in the heart". 

    That would take your "argument" one direction or as stated above you can interpert it to mean a lot of other things.  I think you'll likely see a huge variations in where the students go with this.  Would be fun to hear what happened, hope you'll write a hub about it once everyone has presented their papers.

    1. FranyaBlue profile image74
      FranyaBlueposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I like this interpretation....

      I'm planning to turn all essay titles that I get given throughout the year into hubs at some point.

  6. AdsenseStrategies profile image63
    AdsenseStrategiesposted 14 years ago

    I don't see why it "should" begin at home as such. Maybe a better way of doing things is to not neglect the charity needed to be done nearby, while applying charity *where it is most needed*.

    We are all part of "local networks" (work relationships, family, local community), and so have an obligation to these things, but charity towards those we do not know or have no connection with should not be sacrificed in the place of these things... it should be *alongside* it.

    1. FranyaBlue profile image74
      FranyaBlueposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Good answer.

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    Pani Midnyte Odinposted 14 years ago

    Charity... When I think of the word charity, I think of selfless acts of kindness. In a way, charity DOES begin at home. Teaching your children to respect, share, and love each other can begin the life of a charitable person.

    Later on in life, teaching your child to work hard during school fund raisers can also begin the life of a charitable person. Although they themselves are not giving money, teaching them to care about others and do their part to help them will begin the life of a charitable person.

    Even children who are in Girl/Boy Scouts will learn to care about and give to others in need.

    So yes, charity begins at home.

  8. goldenpath profile image66
    goldenpathposted 14 years ago

    Yes, but even more it starts with the self and more particularly the parents.  Finding one's happiness and place in life greatly depends on their level of charity and how they serve others.  When one has made a habit and love of service to others only then can they successfully integrate that into their children through teaching and example.  Then the hope is that all involved in this family of service and charity may one day influence others and even local and national governments to do the same.

    Yes, it's starts at the foundation - the home.

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    bedding boyposted 13 years ago

    I think the concept of charity should be taught, but not forced, to children as they are growing up. This can be very helpful.


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