Monday, September 1, 2008

Who should we be helping?

While discussing philanthropy with a group of students I was excited and relieved that they had hearts of compassion and that they want to address the injustices in the world. Perhaps this generation is not as selfish as they come across sometimes. There was discussion regarding overseas aid and the problems that we also have at home. One student raised the following point for thought...

If a country is unable to deal with their own internal issues(eg. homelessness, indigenous issues etc) then what right do we have to be 'saving' the rest of the world. Perhaps we should be solving the problems at home first before addressing the needs of the rest of the world.

This generated much discussion and debate. Perhaps it is unrealistic but I think we should be doing both at the same time. What do you think?

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