The utter generosity of the poor humbles us. They give rice to every mendicant even when their rice is getting over. That is what needs to be understood - their greatnes and their richness. That is what they are defined by. That they are impoverished is what defines us.
We are the cause of that poverty - and the onus is on us to share deeply and completely. (email@example.com)
In response to an earlier post of mine asking if affluence or poverty was the real problem someone made a post.
Saying that affluence was good, and only needed to be accompanied by charity.
The devil is always in the details. This was my response to thst post.
1. Modern affluence is linked to modern consumerism. Air conditioners, cars, foreign vacations. Which has destroyed climate patterns, rain patterns. And liad waste lives and livlihoods in my village. And all villages.
How would you respond to affluence today, and defend it ?
2. Disparity has torn apart society. Malnourishment is rising as also reckless consumption. And this spectre is increasing.
What is the daanam that is needed today ? 50% ? More ? Less ?To address it realistically. An annual check made out to an NGO simply allows us to silence the uncomfortable conscience and go on
Islam and Sikhism have clear prescriptions on daanam. Hinduism does not, it leaves it at the pancha mahayagnas concept and leaves it to the thinking of the practitioner.
The thinking of the practitioners is usually very self serving, that is human nature.
Religion needs to rework itself for the times to stay socially meaningful and responsible.
3. Also, one more point, in times of utter poverty, how ethical is it to splash affluence in the faces of the poor ?