The Good Samaritan

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  1. thaiturkey

    thaiturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is not a religious thread. It's for everyone who wants to comment but, please, no evangelising or praising the merits of some deity or other. The thread is not to do with any of that.

    The old book called the new testament contains many fables and guidelines for living life many hundred's of years ago. Probably, they were written by semi-literate scholars for the benefit of primitive people and we know that much of the writing has been changed in translation and by later interference. However, could it be possible that, leaving religion completely out of this, at least some of those stories could be relevant in today's society? Could they be relevant in a secular world as sound advice that stands by it's own merits?

    I was reminded the other day of the Good Samaritan fable. For those who don't know the story, it's very simple and brief. A Jewish traveller was robbed, beaten and left injured beside the road. People of his own faith passed him by. Eventually a Samaritan came by and helped the man. Samaritans and Jews generally despised one another. And that's it. A story about one person helping another despite their cultural differences. I suppose that, as he helped a Jew, he would have helped anyone.

    The reason why this story came to mind is that university students in our Provincial capital closed their books a few days ago and came in their dozens to help clean up our local market area after a six foot deep flood swamped it. They had nothing personal to gain and no one told them to do it. Similarly, people who are hardly wealthy themselves have been handing out food and water to people who were stranded in their homes and are now without cooking equipment as they repair the damage and losses.

    That, at least for me, is what the Good Samaritan story is about. Now, I ask how far would you go to help someone in difficulty with whom you had no connection, with whom you probably would never socialise and whom you may dislike?
     
  2. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have gone three times to areas in the US which have flooded, one time to a slum in a Southern state (which shall remain unnamed) to help people try to salvage what was left of their homes and their lives. I know people who have gone to other countries to help those who have little or nothing, and these people have done so many times. The basic goodness of the human spirit continues to amaze and inspire me. Thanks for your story, and for your effort to make people think about what they may be able to do to help others.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Good thread idea ,Thai.. [​IMG]
     
  4. thaiturkey

    thaiturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let me stimulate some thoughts.

    Would you pass a vagrant in the street and help him or her?

    Would you be prepared to give up some of your income to support a universal health system, even if people who had no income also benefited from it?

    If so, why? If not, why not?
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    The account of the Good Samaritan is a PARABLE not a fable.

    All humans should be anxiously engaged in good causes.

    And since the OP asked. Taiturkey wrote,
    Would you be prepared to give up some of your income to support a universal health system, even if people who had no income also benefited from it?

    I like helping people through my own free will and choice, not being forced to do it by the government.

    nuff said. moving on.​
     
  6. thaiturkey

    thaiturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I like helping people through my own free will and choice, not being forced to do it by the government.

    nuff said. moving on.

    You are technically right in saying that it is not a parable. Fables use animals to illustrate a moral lesson. I avoided using the word 'parable' in order to remove the religious element. However, if you want to split hairs, my username is 'thaiturkey', not 'Taiturkey'. [​IMG]

    So, what would you be prepared to do voluntarily that the community in the form of an elected government would like to force you to do? Do you object to any good work that your government already does using your taxes or through laws? Do you object to being forced by law to stop if someone is injured in a road accident, for example? Perhaps it's a reflection on mankind as a whole that laws are needed to control the antisocial behaviour of a few.

    There are many examples of being a Good Samaritan that you might like other than those connected with government. Let's have your views.
     
  7. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

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    Quote:I like helping people through my own free will and choice, not being forced to do it by the government.

    nuff said. moving on.

    So, what would you be prepared to do voluntarily that the community in the form of an elected government would like to force you to do? Do you object to any good work that your government already does using your taxes or through laws? Do you object to being forced by law to stop if someone is injured in a road accident, for example? Perhaps it's a reflection on mankind as a whole that laws are needed to control the antisocial behaviour of a few.

    That's the best argument for anarchy in my opinion. Let the antisocial take care of themselves. Either work within a society, or live outside of it.

    By income, I'm in the bottom bracket of Americans by family size.. Technically in the poverty zone. Do we go without? Do we starve? Nope... And we give as we see fit.. And our family is very generous. Now I like to be involved in my charity for nothing else to know that it went to help somebody.. There is too much corruption to just send "aid" money. 1 billion dollars in aide hijacked from Iraq and sent to Iran, the food relief that goes to the former Soviet Union, and the whole hurricane Katrina debacle to bring it home here.
     
  8. thaiturkey,

    I know for a fact of life that you and me disagree on about everything. So after this statement I'll try to keep religion out of it.
    I believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and is made up of the old and new testaments. I also believe that Jesus is Lord.

    Now.

    I think throughout all of history, examples that people have made can help us. For example, Rome. They have done a lot of things as we have. But they fell. Why? People should be studying why they're not still around and do things differently in our culture.
     
  9. thaiturkey

    thaiturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I asked that religious statements be kept out of this thread. Please respect my wish. For the record, you have no idea about my religious views. As for 'about everything, I don't know where you get that from.

    The Roman Empire fell as they all do in time. Circumstances change and the mighty nation weakens and is eventually overtaken by another. A lesson for today, perhaps, but nothing to do with this thread. Perhaps a new one. [​IMG]
     
  10. thaiturkey

    thaiturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Boyd, that's an interesting point about charities. In my opinion, it's much better to help people directly if that's possible. You might say the same for what is euphemistically called 'foreign aid'.
     
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