October 15, 2018•209 words
What you feed grows. What if you feed "the poor"? Will the poor grow as a category? I think so.
Does this mean that we stop feeding the poor?
The old adage goes that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. (Must be a big fish.) If you teach him to fish, you feed him for life.
So, I don't think we should stop feeding the poor. I think we should teach them "to fish," on top of giving them fish. Give them fish so they have enough strength to learn how to fish. Then they should continue the cycle by teaching others to fish, while giving them enough fish for strength till they learn how to fish.
Some will still refuse to learn to fish. These will continue to be poor and complain, while they subsist on a fish a day.
I think we should give them a daily fish anyway. Because you never know. From the ranks of the fish-subsisters may at any time rise a great fisherman. (See "Ratatouille," the Pixar film.)
Are you fishing? Or are you waiting for your daily (or weekly or monthly) fish? Do you need to learn how to fish? It's a learnable skill.