Community Service?

Community Service

  • An option

    Votes: 2 66.7%
  • A moral obligation

    Votes: 1 33.3%

  • Total voters
    3

Jan Libourel

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In today's Los Angeles Times there was a story about a recently-founded charter high school in Los Angeles' Koreatown. It seems that across the street from the school, homeless bums have set up an encampment of tents and tarps. The bums are publicly urinating and defecating in the street to the dismay of students, faculty and parents. At one point, a prostitute set up business in one of the tents.

Understandably, many in the school community would like to see the bums cleared out. However, the paper reports, this problem had forced the school into "an uncomfortable clash of its own values." It seems that one of their itemized values states: "Service to others and the community is the responsibility of an educated person."

I would raise the question, why is anybody, educated or not, morally obligated to perform community service? I pay my taxes, I obey the laws and I maintain my property in a decent manner. However, beyond that, I don't see how I am under any obligation to go out and perform good deeds for the community. If people want to go out and volunteer to help "special needs" children, tutor inner city schoolchildren, jolly up old people in hospitals, work in soup kitchens for the poor, that kind of thing, it's very admirable of them, I'm sure, and I hope they get their rewards in Heaven. However, I don't see my failure to participate in community service activities of this sort to be evidence of positive moral delinquency on my part.

What then are your opinions on this: Community Service--Optional or Obligatory?
 
Why?

Donation of labour to those who may or may not be worthy.
 
For the individual, it is a personal choice based on your convictions. Organizations often have public service mandates but participation of the individual still should be voluntary. So mandatory donations to the United Way do not sit right with me. Professionally, my profession puts the needs of society before their own in exchange for a monopoly over its realm and the right to self-regulation and a relatively high earning potential. Still only a fraction of the members participate.

It will always be a subset of the whole who choose to do community service and that is enough.
 
I've always done a load of "Community Service" all my life.

I consider it part of the social contract of building a decent society
 
Social contract? Did I enter into one when I was brought into this world kicking and screaming? I have to read the fine print.

I donated money to a political party. Does that count for anything?

There's some cocktail reception to raise money to sponsor a Syrian family on Thursday. Is that altruism?
 
I've been mobilized three times in the past six years. I'm fuck-all out of selfless service. Let somebody else do it for a while.
 
Social contract? Did I enter into one when I was brought into this world kicking and screaming? I have to read the fine print.

I donated money to a political party. Does that count for anything?

There's some cocktail reception to raise money to sponsor a Syrian family on Thursday. Is that altruism?

The social contract is optional for you and whomever else wishes to opt out. Go to the cocktail party and save a Syrian.

Donation to a political party? Play 6/49 instead.
 
The social contract is optional for you and whomever else wishes to opt out. Go to the cocktail party and save a Syrian.

I'm going to save the Syrian(s).

Two drink tickets included. May allah bless me so that I can drink for them.

I never really felt compelled to volunteer my time though. I do know some other men did it to find spouses.
 
I'm going to save the Syrian(s).

Two drink tickets included. May allah bless me so that I can drink for them.

I never really felt compelled to volunteer my time though. I do know some other men did it to find spouses.

Volunteering your liver is a selfless act. I commend you on behalf of all Syrian refugees with iPhone 6s'
 
Blimey they have more and better canapés than my cousin's wedding, but I haven't the foggiest idea who is Syrian here. I'm the darkest with the tan.
 
I'm not sure there's a dichotomy - "optional" and a "moral obligation" are basically the same things because having morals (or at least a specific set of morals) is optional and the associated principles are up to the individual. Though sometimes that's too hard so stupid people blow themselves up because they allow other idiots to tell them what's moral and what's not.
 
I like to do social service at least 8 hours per week and all weekend preferably from early morning to late afternoon. I have given up most of my spare time and life to help others now. I don't care what others do, l only care what l do. I am always on the streets in heat rain or wind.

For the rest of my spare time l counsel people online and take them under my wing as a father figure, and also give free diet/lifestyle coaching when l can. I am not on Earth to have fun and be entertained these days, l am here to serve humanity because l feel the calling.

If people only want to live for themselves l certainly do not look down on that because that is part of being human.
 
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Serve humanity? I honestly thought that meant being an MP.
 
Serve humanity? I honestly thought that meant being an MP.

M.P's serve corporation interests first, not humanity. Serving the public means partially opening their eyes to the filth and giving them ways of living a higher road and show easy ways to help get out of their enslavement in the matrix. The matrix enslaves us mentally, physically and spiritually.

You know one of the biggest tools of the matrix? Computer technology. You know the biggest visable symptom today of the matrix and it's dehumanising effect?....i-phones and text messaging!!!!! The whole point of i-phones and text messaging was to get humans to break from what they have always done, ie, to stop social contact so they could cease to do what makes people human. Now we have a generation of people with their heads in phones, and that is the whole point, and these people are no longer proper humans like humans of old. The modern human is more of a robotic race now...technology is their God, self serving agendas are their God, the warm humanity has been replaced by computer contact.
 

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