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Re: Money, Fees, Morality

May 26, 1997 03:17 PM
by M K Ramadoss

At 01:19 PM 5/26/97 -0400, Titus Roth wrote:
>I wrote:
>>> In my former spiritual home most everything was based on voluntary
>>> donations. The lessons were an exception, but even there the modest fees
>>> were not usually enforced. Many people were responsible and donated what
>>> they could - either money or services. Others were freeloaders. You will
>>> probably always find this mix of people.  (Amusing aside: the freeloaders
>>> were also the ones who rushed to the head of the refreshment tables and
>>> loaded their plates high with food.)
>M K Ramadoss <> wrote:
>> In the eastern traditions, it is considered high honor and a good deed to
>> feed fellow human beings. So no one looked at *free loaders* as free
>> loaders.
>> In the present day western world, the view is radically different.
>This may be a difference between East and West. Though I can't say for sure, I
>suspect the fellow human beings fed in eastern traditions were the hapless
>victims of society who could not afford to pay.
>My definition of a free-loader is someone would could pay in some form, but
>doesn't. In any case, one has no right to make any global judgments about
>about their inmost character. What motivated my statement is the realization
>that the person who can pay will get much further by an attitude of earning
>than by accepting handouts for nothing.
>Maybe the compassionate Mother East is more correct than stern Father West
>but I suspect the spirit of both do not really contradict one another.
>> my 2 cents worth.
>If offered in the right spirit, they are worth millions ;)

I hope a time will come when everyone will expect nothing from man or God.
In the meanwhile let us do what we can to help people change their hearts.


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