I heard an interesting story about a city that was helping its homeless people. Their program is called "Housing First," or something like that. The principle is that, instead of feeding the homeless and providing them with a place to sleep, they pay for actual apartment-style housing, while the homeless get back on their feet. And it works.

I have heard it said that tithing is not necessarily about giving to others, but rather about demonstrating that the Universe always provides more than is needed.

Do we have a responsibility to give material things to others less fortunate? Or is it better to show them that they can find abundance on their own?

asked 14 Mar '10, 01:52

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edited 14 Mar '10, 01:59

"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day;teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime."


answered 14 Mar '10, 02:06

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Totally agree with Michaela - and, not only that, continued giving results in a disempowering dependency.

(14 Mar '10, 09:44) Stingray

I agree with Michaela providing that he wants to learn how to fish.

(14 Sep '10, 07:09) daniele

I believe it is a combination of both. It is a challenge to teach anyone anything when he does not have food or shelter.

"If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother."

"There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land."


answered 15 Aug '10, 00:18

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No one has any more or less abundance than anyone else.

Lack is a state of mind just like abundance.

Look at this miracle around us! No one can give that to anyone; it just is, you appreciate it or you don't.

Do you hear, "Appreciation!"? Think about that word.


answered 02 Dec '10, 06:53

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Hu Ra

I think the point is to offer a helping hand to a brother that is down and get him back on his feet. I find that we do have a moral obligation to serve others however only with their permission. This since not all are open and ready for LOA.

Thank you, namaste


answered 02 Dec '10, 12:08

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