Jeffrey Haber haber at sb.fsu.edu
Tue May 19 16:24:16 EST 1998

Lloyd R. Parker wrote:
> Jeffrey Haber (haber at sb.fsu.edu) wrote:
> : Why are you responsible for another person's poverty unless you've
> : advocated that someone be forcibly prevented from earning a living?  In
> : a free society, if you wanted to help someone who was impoverished, you
> : would not be stopped.
> Well, if you're a Christian, you're responsible for your fellow man
> (including the poor) because Jesus said that we should help those less
> fortunate. If you have a conscience, or any sense of morals or ethics, I'd
> think you'd feel some responsibility to help those in need too.

	Fortunately, I've chosen atheism, so I don't have to adhere to any
dogmas.  I have a conscience and a strong sense of morals and ethics
(see "The Objectivist Ethics" in Ayn Rand's anthology The Virute of
Selfishness).  Consequently, I totally reject all doctrines resembling
Original Sin, in this context, that I should feel an unearned guilt for
someone else's misfortune when I did nothing to contribute to that
misfortune.  I may feel compassion if it is warranted, but not guilt.

	Jeffrey Haber

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