Compassion towards the other living beings is a good habit of individuals. However, the society often forces us to be altruist and suggest us that helping others in their need is a virtue. While doing so, the society often fails to teach the individuals that the greatest virtue is to be self-dependent.
The vice of altruism often increases with the centralization of power. Take the issue of taxation. The major purpose for which we all pay taxes is to let government have enough finance to provide amenities for the poor people. However, often we forget that the poor is the person who deserves the help the least. The simple thing is, an independent honest and hard working person may not become very rich, but he cannot be a beggar. A poor person who believes that he has to lead his life through begging and he will remain dependent on the charity given by others, or on the subsidies provided by the government which offers these subsidies on behalf of the tax payers, certainly doesn’t deserves our help.
Another thing is, if taxes and subsidies are the means of helping poor through the charity willingly offered by the middle class or rich people, why do we need government then? The middle class can itself provide enough charity or help for the poor beggars, won’t they? It is always the entrepreneur who succeeds in solving the poor, yet deserving person by providing him honest job opportunities, the entrepreneur creates job. Government on the other hand creates fake jobs, such jobs which produces nothing but wastes a lot of capital produced and earned by the tax payers.
Basically, the role of government is not to help poor, nor its role is to provide quality services for the middleclass or richer, rather the role of government is to rob the tax payers on the name of helping the poor and improving the working conditions of the whole nation collectively. Now since this job is coercive, it is a bad means and hence it result in a bad end. We Indian producers, honest hard working tax payers lose a lot of resources and capital in keeping this parasite government alive, the tyranny is we are bound to do so because we are the host for this parasite. We cannot resist government oppression and its organized robbery because it is against the law.
I believe that I will readily help any poor person to the most I can, but it is necessary for the person seeking help to prove that he deserves my help.
“I am neither foe nor friend to my brothers, but such as each of them shall deserve of me. And to earn my love, my brothers must do more than to have been born. I do not grant my love without reason, nor to any chance passer-by who may wish to claim it. I honor men with my love. But honor is a thing to be earned.” – Ayn Rand, “Anthem”