Originally Posted by Benzo
I see both your points, and you are both kind of saying the same thing.
SJ agrees that some discretion should be given to those in need, he just doesn't want it legislated.
Can't say I argue with that, I think it is a more serious statment on how people are being brought up, and lack of compassion in the community. Once compassion becomes legislated though, it becomes something else, and the decision makers than get to decide where and when I am supposed to be honorable, I think that decision is best left in my own hands.
i have no problem leaving that in your hands benzo, because you're an honourable person. but there are plenty out there that aren't. the legislation is there to confront the free-rider problem.
frankly, i would always pay for my tomatoes because it's the right thing to do, but we need a law against stealing because if it wasn't there we wouldn't have anybody making money off tomatoes, and that's the basis of our whole system.