Charity vs Justice

Charity vs Justice

Villagers on a moped. Photographed while passing through a small town in Afyon province.

Brazilian Catholic Archbishop Helder Camara said that, "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist". This is not a new phenomenon. Over 1,600 years ago, St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) reflected a similar sentiment: "Charity is no substitute for justice withheld".

Name calling and using deceptive language to limit critical thinking works. That is why they do it. Inquisitive people learn very early that certain questions are simply unaskable. They are so toxic that, even The Pope is forced to regularly defend himself: "I'm not a Communist, just following the Gospel". Someone started a class conflict, and it wasn't the poor. Communism did not invent the concept of justice. Concern about the poor doesn't make one a Communist.

Villagers on a Moped
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