Is It Our Moral Obligation To Help People In Poor Nations Survive?


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Larry Woodley Profile
Larry Woodley answered
Yes, is the short answer. However, the examples of misplaced help are many, the often made quote of 'give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, give him a net and he will feed himself for life' is mostly true. Giving the poor of the world the resources to help themselves is by far the better option, giving help and a chance to gain pride in ones self is the goal.
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Itwas Me
Itwas Me commented
Amen, hit the nail right on the head!!!..Add to that the 1st place to start is these peoples (so called leaders) seems to be everything we do they stop and control it..To them we slap with the fish and pull the net out from under them.
Suhail Ajmal Profile
Suhail Ajmal answered
We are answerable of our actions. We need to do our duty with honesty. We must help the poor nations and poor people as much as we have the power and wealth. Yes it is our moral obligation to help poor people in poor nations survive but first we should start from our family, friends, native area, city and country then you should look to save other people.
Seher Afsheen Profile
Seher Afsheen answered
Of course it is our moral obligation to help poor people to survive, but more importantly we should help them to lead an independent life by the best utilization of their own resources. We should help them in a such a way that they should not always look at us for help but we should guide in such a way that they could come out of their so called eternal faith.
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Diane Bart
Diane Bart commented
No Dext , you are NOT wrong , you are perfectly RIGHT !
Anonymous commented
Oh, no! You are agreeing with the devil ! Just kidding.
There are no easy answers. We all want to do good, but it may not be practical.
Don't you wish you were a kid again with no worries??
Seher Afsheen
Seher Afsheen commented
I don't agree with you. You are sounding selfish.
JT Martin Profile
JT Martin answered
I think that we need to look here at home first. There are homeless people here in the USA. The sad truth is that money donated for a cause half way around the world isn't worth anything after the cost of logistics. If we concentrate close to home then the money and effort will go further and get more done.

The government needs to address foreign issues with plans and aide that will help other countries to become self sufficient over time. Sending plane loads of food is like putting a bandaide on a severed limb.
Gina Profile
Gina answered
We are the sum total of our actions. And if we help those less fortunate, then we are living according to our highest nature. We have a duty as good citizens to help those who we can help. To be less than generous to nations that are impoverished or struggling for basic necessities is the beginning of narcissism, crass egoism and disregard for our fellow man. We are expressing the best of our nature when we help and care for those without expecting anything in return.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Such generous and compassionate people!
But resources are finite, at least in the foreseeable future. Are we not creating more and bigger problems and needs by helping more people survive, rather than letting things be, no matter how heart-wrenching that may be?

Should we not look for the root causes of their misery rather than trying, in vain, to patch the visible symptoms?
Trey Profile
Trey answered
You sir or mam deserve a job as a senator. You see, as a world superpower we feel the need to but in and change things. Now, no one really can argue with the fact that we should help with world starvation and disease, but we can't go around chasing every dictatorship, tyrannical leaders, and such. On your statement that in fact we will [[not]] be able to support other countries in their struggles in the future, I thinks that our goal is to help them reach a point of stability so that we can move on and say, well, (mission accomplished) and I don't mean to be funny. Still you have a great point and it has been fun giving my view, -Trey
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Anonymous commented
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Trey commented
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maribel abendan Profile
maribel abendan answered
All I know is has its own purpose...and that is not to live for yourself...I live for other people as other people live for me...I gain satisfaction with the thought that I try my very best to share my life to other people.regardless if they take notice or long as I did my happiness is boundless
Mischelle Kelley Profile
You answered the question yourself when you asked if you were wrong. Why ponder such.....if you didn't know "Much" is gained by helping others. The Bible says "There will always be poor amongst us". It also says to "Love one another as you love yourself"; with that said, do you love yourself enough that you can lay your head down on a soft pillow at night knowing that you, I, we, our country,any country didn't lift a finger to help someone, somewhere in need. The world isn't over yet..this country, our country may be in need one day. Remember this if you take away nothing else from this...Some of the poor countries like Africa (which has both) have OIL and or DIAMONDS...what country do you think can't live without either of those....When our country give; believe me they have something to gain from it. Some people are born into dictatorship and they have no control over their surroundings...don't be so hard on the less fortunate. Thanks for listening!
helen baillie-gutteridge Profile
The first people to help them should be the fortunate in their own community/country. How often do we see reports of poor people in African countries where their Leaders drive around in top-end cars, mansions, fat and happy?
It makes me angry that they seem to lack any moral obligation themselves.
I feel that we are already at the point where we cannot help everyone and we should remember that they do not all want our "help" either. Perhaps we should concentrate on those that ask for help?

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Diane Bart
Diane Bart commented
Oh , very well said harka !
When we have homeless and starving people of our own to care for ........
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I think you have to first ask two questions: (1) how are you defining 'poor' and (2) how did the people in the specific country you are thinking of, get to be 'poor'.
Arslan Hassan Profile
Arslan Hassan answered
I think there is no moral responsibility to the rich to help poor the conditions and circumstances which made them poor are responsible for there proverty not a rich man.

Having said that I think there is tax system in which more tax will deducted from the rich income when a rich man is doing such thing then why there is a some kind of responsibility  to help the poor so I think that there is no moral responsibility to help poor people the poor people have to work hard to change there circumstances they live at or change the system that made them poor.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Depends on whether you accept the lifeboat theory or not. If you do it is a moral obligation not to help if you don't it is a moral obligation to help.
Jessica Profile
Jessica answered
Um no. Our priority is to support our own. If we neglect our own country, how can we help others. We have homeless people on the streets (though most are too lazy to find jobs).

We can help other countries a little bit if we can... But our country always comes FIRST.

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