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  • Bhikkhu Cintita D.

    Or take the perspective of the money itself: A dollar in the hand of a a poor person is a kinder dollar than a dollar in the hand of a rich person. Thus it is better to put a dollar in the hand of the poor person. BTW, the dollar in the hand of the poor person will also help the economy more because the poor person is likely to spend it locally on real goods and services, and thus create jobs, where the rich person is likely to add it to the current suplus of unproductive capital. I think probably the poor person, at least if he is of the working poor, is nowadays also likely to pay more of it out in taxes. (I am wearing 2 hats at once here, the ethicist's and the economist's, but realize I am not an economist).

    November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bhante,

    Concerning the idea that the poor give more than the rich:

    This is a good article: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/04/why-the-rich-dont-give/309254/

    on Why the Rich don't give ... suggesting those rich surrounded by the poor give more than those who are isolated from those in need.

    I think if you want the poor to win, then you pick the percentage of income as a measure; and if you want the rich to win, you pick the amount they give in dollars, plus the amount they are taxed in dollars, often for services they don't use. I think it is more complex that saying the poor give more than the rich. And then there is the question of who are the poor, and who are the rich. Where is the dividing line.

    Another side of giving is what we do in our jobs. Perhaps some who earn more, like doctors, contribute more (by their job) than those who don't work, or those who have jobs that touch less people. Kim

    November 24, 2013

  • Bonnie S.

    Sorry to miss the wrap up of the Human Condition this Sunday. I'll be attending a funeral. Thank you, Kim, for posting the audios online. Hope to see everyone next Sunday.

    November 23, 2013

  • Evan R. M.

    Out of town for Thanksgiving festivities the next two Sundays. Will be tuning in to the posted audios!

    November 19, 2013

    • Bhikkhu Cintita D.

      It is that time of year. Now that the Katthina season is over, I think we can maintain this class throughout the holidays. Whereever people are they can keep up with the audios that Kim posts.

      November 23, 2013

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