Ethics Discussion and Food: Panhandling

  • Sep 17, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Paula & Ben's Home

We are likely to encounter panhandlers in Silicon Valley. What's the ethical response? How do we balance our caring impulse to offer a bit of money with our skepticism that the money will be used for something we value, like food, rather than something we don't value, like drugs? Does it matter how the beggar is dressed or their age? Does a child with the beggar make a difference? Does it make a difference to buy food for them instead of giving money? What do you do when you encounter a panhandler and what makes your action ethical?

This follows up on our discussion of homelessness and poverty in Silicon Valley.

Join us and bring a couple of bucks for the basket and Second Harvest Food Bank, if you wish to contribute.

We serve soup at 6:30. The discussion starts at 7:30.

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  • Paula

    Lively and diverse.

    September 19, 2014

  • Paula

    Still puzzling over the connection between panhandling and feeding the geese! I'd never made that connection, and likely still can't!

    September 19, 2014

  • Mike B.

    I enjoy these discussions; I forgot to mention there are 4 ways to help others, not 3 (I left out the route you were trying). 1. Simple gift of $.
    2. Spend a little time in discussion and probably more $.
    3. Spend more time, on a repeating basis, e.g., training & helping with learning, or just listening.
    4. Make a commitment for sustained help - emotional, physical and/or financial. Also, I found interesting that compassion does not necessarily involve having to give $, it can also be recognizing the humanity in another.

    September 18, 2014

  • Benjamin W.

    Great discussion on an ethical issue facing us all. Great soup Paula!

    September 17, 2014

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