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Herbert Spencers views on philanthropy are callous and very flawed He believes that the poor and destitute should not be given the help they need because they have not earned it Along with this he states that the quality of a society is lowered morally and intellectually by the artificial preservation of those who are least able to take care of themselves He proposes to solve this problem by letting the unfortunates die off so that humanity will be better as a whole This suggestion is cruel and should never be considered In addition it is impossible to simply breed out the lower classes There will always be a lower class as compared to the richest or the most intelligent Although the lower class may become more prosperous and intelligent so will the upper classes Thus comparably there will be no progress The true solution to the worlds problems with poverty is to put surplus money to good use It is true that taking from the rich and giving to the poor will yield nothing if the money is not handled correctly But well-directed money can do a world of good and help humanity not hurt it as Spencer would argue He says The effect is to produce generation after generation a greater unworthiness Yes this is a possibility when charity is thrown haphazardly at anyone and everyone But it can be focused to where it will be needed and used to its fullest potential so that societys burdens can become prosperous and useful Spencer says the thoughtless giver stands but a degree above the drunkard who thinks only of todays pleasure and ignores tomorrows pain He later states doubtless it is in the order of things that parental affection and regard of relatives and the spontaneous sympathy of friends and even of strangers should mitigate the pains which incapacity has to bear These two statements directly contradict each other On one hand
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