On Charity and the US Military

Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it. –George Sand

The 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial operations flight members push a pallet loaded with food into the back of a C-17 Globemaster III, Dec. 28, 2012. The 58th Airlift Squadron transported the food to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to provide relief by helping feed Haitian children.
The 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial operations flight members push a pallet loaded with food into the back of a C-17 Globemaster III, Dec. 28, 2012. The 58th Airlift Squadron transported the food to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to provide relief by helping feed Haitian children.

You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor, always smiling and good-humored. They are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting master you will see. And the uglier and the dirtier they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is only for your love alone that the poor will forgive you the bread you give to them. –St. Vincent de Paul

 U.S. Army Lt. Col. Randy Stagner gives two Iraqi children a Humanitarian Daily Ration meal near the city of Najaf. The U.S. military is working with international relief organizations to help provide food and medicine for the Iraqi people in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. (Apr. 12, 2003)
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Randy Stagner gives two Iraqi children a Humanitarian Daily Ration meal near the city of Najaf. The U.S. military is working with international relief organizations to help provide food and medicine for the Iraqi people in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. (Apr. 12, 2003)

It’s easy to run to others. It’s so hard to stand on one’s own record. You can fake virtue for an audience. You can’t fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running. It’s easier to donate a few thousand to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement. It’s simple to seek substitutes for competence–such easy substitutes: love, charm, kindness, charity. But there is no substitute for competence.
–Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead