Charity begins at home and to some extent it may need to stop there. We have discussed here the problem in an after apocalyptic period of turning away people in need. I’m going to offer you a slightly different perspective on that and charity in general. Let’s look for a bit at the MODERN idea of charity and how it has changed AND the long term effects of modern charity. Modern charity is simple; you see someone with needs and you GIVE them what they need for the temporary relief of that need. Hungry people get food, homeless people are given shelter. People without decent and warm clothes get clothes…etcera… What does this do for them past the immediate respite from their need? Sadly if people are hungry it is a problem that goes far beyond needing food most of the time. Most of the people we “help” with our charity and welfare care are people that because of some action or lack of action on their part has caused this. If you are lazy to the point of you will not even go and get the free food that is always available in places like the US once we start feeding you it becomes a lifetime thing. It didn’t address the core problem at all. Not only did it not address the care issue it made it worse because you have rewarded their lazy lifestyle. These people then teach this as a great life choice to their kids and you end up with a generational issue that just grows and grows. Nowadays most people that aren’t mentally deficient try to not have more children than they can support. Since these people have had that requirement removed, and the system actually rewards you for having more and more kids that you can’t support by giving you more and more stuff, they have LOTS of kids. The people that go into this have no desire and no INCENTIVE to try and improve their lots except by demanding more and more from those stupid enough to work. We have carried this insanity to international charity and in places where people really are starving to death we feed them just enough to survive so that they can also have more and more kids that in the long term we either support them or watch hundreds of thousands or millions of them just die. The fact is that no matter how much we give or how much we have to give, at some point , there will eventually be more of them than we can support without us joining them in starvation. There are places around the world where this is almost on the edge of that cliff. The problem is that we have never addressed the real problem. If you are hungry you need help. That means figure out why you are hungry and help you fix that problem. This USED to be how it was done. During the depression in the 20s and actually through most of the thirties there were a lot of people that had a hard time feeding their families in the US. NONE of them starve to death. There were soup lines in every city where you could go, stand in line, and get a meal. The government started up all sorts of work projects all over the country and the men were offered jobs. The Civilian Conservation Corps CCC built parks, cleared land, built government buildings. They did all sort of things. The men would go where ever the project was and usually the government housed and fed you while you worked there and paid you money that you could send to support your family. This was a solution to several of the parts of the problem. It offered work to the men and in doing that gave them an incentive to find a better job, often with some of the skills they learned. It fed and clothed the men and allowed them the pride of supporting their families. It also sent the men else where and reduced the pregnancies that you had no magic pill to prevent. Eventually the Liberal democrats managed to some how convince us that this sort of thing wasn’t “fair” and that people shouldn’t have to work at menial jobs or beg for the things that they WANTED. If someone has needs we should offer them a job. If they can’t feed their kids offer them a tubal or vasectomy and then a job. People that have kids that won’t support them should have their kids taken and given to people that want kids and then they should be allowed to starve to death if they wouldn’t work. THAT is real freedom. The same needs to be offered to countries that can’t feed their people. Require them to control their population or let them choose the freedom to let nature take its course. The reason for this long-winded missive is that in the event of TEOTWAWKI we will be forced to change these sort of ignorant mistakes. If someone comes to me hungry, if I have the food to spare, I might offer them some work that would allow them to EARN a meal. If they wouldn’t work they wouldn’t eat and if they got pushy they could end up as garden fertilizer. You don’t need to feel bad, it is their choice just as it was their choice not to prepare. Sadly their children will have to share their fate unless they wish to let their kids stay and they leave and never come back. A lot of people that are prepared for their personal survival will end up going down because they tried to offer modern charity in a different world. That means more than just not GIVING things away unearned. It also means that you don’t give someone a second chance. If you catch a thief and let him go he will come back and may bring friends. There is going to be so many things that will have to change and the ones that will be hardest may well be some of the ones closest to your heart. In my case, as is so common with me, this problem can be taken care of by an application of one word…WORTHY. What makes someone worthy of my help that means that they have and will do whatever is necessary to have avoided the problem and now do what it takes to solve the problem. Anybody, no matter how hard they tried, can end up in trouble. If on the other hand you did nothing to avoid the problem then you are the one that chose that path and I’m not going to reward your bad decision making. In a world that requires a lot more effort to survive than it does now your charity may place you in the same boat as someone that just didn’t even try to prepare. I’m not sure how, other than thinking about it now, you can prepare for making this sort of hard choices but you don’t want lack of perpetration in this area to undo all your work preparing in the other more physical ways.