There are two rationalizations that I find particularly bothersome. The first is: “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” The second rationale I find particularly troubling.: It goes along the lines of “Don’t give money to a beggar because they’ll only spend it on drugs (or booze).”
The problem with this is it sounds like wisdom, and it convinces us that we are actually helping the person by not giving to them.
Here is, in my opinion, a useful exchange inspired by my video “Atheists May Be Right” (http://youtu.be/ImByTj8qa8g): Person: what if Muslims are right? Me: what if they are? Person: If Islam is right then Christianity is wrong. That means we have to think and answer the question witch [sic] religion is right? Me: I don’t […]