it tends to quench any spirit of generosity in many people and replace it with a spirit of cynicism.”
...you’re correct. It teaches a great lesson. Give. But not to homeless people. Put some thought into your giving. I like local giving.
Two years ago, about 10 miles from where I live, a Father of 4 murdered his wife and went to jail leaving his 4 young girls completely on their own. No relatives and some friends. We gave money to a fund that was set up for them.
Hard to believe that in such a case the Department of Humanistic Services or whatever it’s called didn’t swoop in... unless these “girls” were grown.
This is exactly why the left likes the gov’t doing “charity”.
When private charities or individuals are involved, they scrutinize the recipients. The left doesn’t like this, because people will “judge” whether the recipients are deserving or not based on their own, usually Christian, value system.