Charity == morally bankrupt?
This is a fork from a previous thread in order to prevent the old one from getting too far off topic.
Quote:And DrFear, you seem to have an irrational stance on altruism. This does show that yes, there are atheists out there who do not aspire to higher moral standards.
higher moral standards? sooo...you're on the side of good? and i'm on the side of evil? get off the fucking horse. you see it one way, the way you were "brought up" to see it. i was 'brought up' to see it that way too, but when i got older i evaluated it for myself, and came to my own conclusion. charity, in the context it's being used here, is 'morally' bankrupt.
I was curious about how you reached the conclusion that charity is morally bankrupt. Please explain.
oh, do tell. what am i afraid of? homeless people? the poor? the handicapped? hah, they're weak! "feeling sorry"? why feel sorry when i can feel good? that is rational. what have i to fear of these things? what possible detriment can they bring to me?
So, if you find yourself weakened and in need of help, would you accept being told you're weak and being left behind? (I'm not saying you can't, I'm just wondering if you're prepared to.)
. the truth is, it's rational to do what's in your own best interests, and everybody else be damned.
Who says it isn't in my best interests to maintain a structure of charity so that if I find myself in a bad position, I might find some help. For example, when I donate blood, part of me likes the idea of assisting others, but another part of me likes the idea of helping to maintain this system since I might find myself in need of a pint or two down the road.