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Thoreau's Views on Money

Is Philanthropy Worth it?

by Joe and Conor 

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”philanthrop is greatly over rated.”

     Giving money is almost useless. You can’t just throw money at a problem and expect it to be fixed. Thoreau believes that charities aren’t that important and many people who participate are hypocrites.  Thoreau is talking about philanthropy. He believes that “you need to give yourself before you give money.” He talks about rich people believe that money will solve all the problems. 

Be sure that you give the poor the aid they most need, though it be your example which leaves them far behind. If you give money, spend yourself with it, and do not merely abandon it to them

When thinking about this quote and thinking about what Thoreau is saying brings the saying feed a man a fish he will be feed for a day, but teach a man how to fish he’ll be feed for life. Showing how rich people just give money for a short time, but if you go in and help people it will have a longer effect. Rich people believe that they can solve every problem with philanthropy, but they can’

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