There was an interesting discussion going on between two commentators in my earlier post on beggars. Essentially, there was some heated exchange about whether people asking for charity on the streets are deserving of our help.
Sabriena pointed out that having came from an under privileged background, she clawed her way out of poverty. Along the way, she knew of some alcoholics and drug addicts who were blaming everyone else but themselves for the state that they were in.
Is Welfare the way to go?
No one wants to be asking for charity. That I can safely assume. Shouldn't the rest of us then extend a helping hand to those who need help to get a leg up in the society? In an ideal civilized society, where no one abuses and exploit the system, that is indeed the enlightened path.
Like I said, that's in an ideal world.
Instead of being grateful and striving to be productive members of the society, many welfare recipients failed to seize the one opportunity they have and developed a 'crutch' mentality. Instead of recognizing and dealing with the issue, they vented their frustrations on those they perceived to possess more than them.
That's the downside of welfare, which the society is not ready to deal with.
However, having said that, an acquaintance, who worked in the Central Narcotics Bureau, told me of an incident of a drug bust that he participated in. After hauling up a couple who were obviously stoned, he found their 4 year old kid hiding in a cupboard.
He was sniffing glue from a small bag that he clutched close to his chest.
The world is not fair. It is never meant to be.