Compassion without thieving governments

A recent article went into detail about the mutual-help societies of the 19th century that took care of widows and orphans of members.

Two observations:

(1) The “fringe” (i.e. non-conformist) Christian missionary movement I was formerly actively enganged with was first on the scene after Hurricane Andrew in Miami in 1992 (or 1993?). Buses loaded to the roof (and on top of roofs) immediately jammed up the roads leading into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, but the “authorities” stopped them.

(2) Hospitals began as clinics for the sick and poor in the first few centuries after Christ (like with St. Francis).

(3) Monks and other Christian orders (not always Rome-bound, many were independent and even persecuted) likewise did charity work that eventually became orphanages. This also grew out of the habit of Christian couples who regularly went to the bridges and “baby ponds” were mothers threw unwanted babies and waited to catch them to raise them.

(4) The Salvation Army, the Red Cross, the multiplicity of Hospitals with names like Baptist, St. Francis, and so on show pretty much where the whole idea came from of taking care of those who “fall through the cracks”. Maybe Ayn Rand’s disdain for charity work has an association there, considering her hate for the God of the Garden (in the mouth of John Galt).

“Give to him that asketh of thee..” The storyteller of the Good Samaritan changed the world that way.

But now, adoption is pushed aside in favor of “a different approach”, Pregnancy Crisis Centers are the target of vituperation, euthanasia is pushing aside “Do no harm”, Mother Theresa is vilified in public by some, and welfare incentives have left way too many children fatherless.


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