Written by Orchid on July 23, 2014. Posted in Blog

It would seem that many of you my dear friends, are under the impression that my disapproval of “hand-outs” implies that I do not think programs should exist to help those who are truly in need.

I do not feel now, nor do I recall ever feeling, that helping those in need is in poor taste. Everyone needs help at some point in their life. Some people need more help than others. Some people only need help for a short period of time and others will need help for their entire lives for any number of reasons.

I am of the opinion that if you need help, you should endeavor to accept said assistance until such time comes where you can take care of yourself again.

I am a firm believer in personal responsibility. I also feel that the majority of the population is capable of being self sufficient. However, it is much easier to hold out your hand and ask for help than it is to strive to be independent. And oftentimes the most attractive mode of operation is to take the easy way out. If being independent was easy, I think more people would be.

The majority of people in society are expected to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities. They must pay their bills, obey the laws of their city, state and country, clean up after themselves and so on.

Yet many are quick to forgive those who do not contribute to society according to said expectations. Are some people legitimately incapable either indefinitely or temporarily of abiding by the aforementioned expectations? Yes. But please keep in mind the many more who are perfectly capable and yet not held to the standards that you and I are simply because people assume that if someone is homeless they are implicitly helpless.

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