Power and Privilege
Let’s Beat Up the Poor!
In what ways does having money give us power?What is the appropriate response to privilege?
Think of a time when you encountered someone who appeared to be poor. What were your initial thoughts? What about the person suggested they were poor to you?
- What does it mean to be an "entrepreneur of public happiness"?
- Why is it a "good Demon" and a "good Angel" that spur the narrator to action?
- The beggar is described as having a "look of hate." Why does the narrator take this as a good sign?
- What does it mean to have equality or liberty in this story? Are these words used differently from how you normally understand them?
- What is the narrator's theory on giving? Why does he think his idea is "superior to that whole dictionary of remedial truisms" he has just read?
- What is the best way to respond when someone on the street asks you for money?
- What is your process of deciding to whom you give?
What is one way this discussion has helped you question your own giving?
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