Monica C. Pilman (TACVMCP@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Thu, 20 Sep 1990 13:52:40 CDT
Matt, it isn't greed that prevents the rich from sharing with the poor
in scouting, it's something else. It is, in fact, the same reason that
communism works so poorly (and the poor communists are finally realizing
it themselves). Namely, that if you have EARNED something, you should
be able to enjoy the good fruits of your labor! Sure, rich councils don't
need all the good things they buy for themselves, but it would be wrong
to force them to give their money away when they earned it fair and square.
Altruism is a wonderful thing, and I personally practice charity both
at home and in the real world, and do believe it would be an excellent
thing if the scouts in a council, the very ones who made the council
rich, decided of their own free will to donate some of their wealth to
a less well endowed council. I don't agree that a "share the wealth"
program should be imposed by the rules. If it were, you'd end up with
scouts feeling the same way about fund raising that the citizens of
communist countries feel about their jobs: that if I don't get to enjoy
what I've earned, why bother?
--- Monica C. Pilman
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