stannius wrote:I think y'all are being too harsh on charitable giving.
As a society, 20 members of said society getting a meal is better than one member getting a round of gold. When resources are spread around a bit, they get the most marginal utility.
Therefore, the cultures and/or human DNA's in which charitable giving was present, tended to do better.
Therefore, we are bred to feel good when we give to others. So I think there is plenty of selfish motive for donating to charities etc., even if you don't believe in altruism.
Perhaps. But what if the giving just causes the person to be more dependent on future handouts?
I'm not against giving and actually give quite a bit to a couple of charities. But I tend to focus on helping educational causes (museums etc.) and organizations that help truly innocent victims (like homeless teens). I have a really hard time supporting people that really just need to get their act together...
But in general I think people have blindly accepted that helping others is good without actually questioning whether it is in every case.