Thursday, September 20, 2012

More from The Wild Wheel

Paternalism, moreover, had an air of charity about
it, and that he hated; he thought very ill of charity. "It
is a drug," he said. There were emergencies when men
and women, and especially children, needed help, but
these cases were not actually as numerous as they seemed
to be. The very fact that charity could be had increased
them, for charity held out the promise of something for
nothing. The cases of real need could be looked after on
a personal basis without destroying, as by the machinery
of organized charity, the values of self-respect.

-The Wild Wheel

page 43

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