Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

A society is judged by how it treats it's weakest members How are we doing?

Ghandi said "You can judge a society by how they treat their weakest members." Among many others

Who are the weakest members ?

The sick the poor they dying the hated the unpopular the diseased the weak

Who else qualify as the weakest members

By this ancient standard how are we doing ?


This quote was repeated by Ghandi

The quote itself goes back before the days of Rome and is more than in line with the words of Jesus

This method of judgment has been quoted by ancient Empires and societies throughout the world

No one would accept that you judge a society by how it treats it's most well placed it's strongest and most able to protect themselves ---- But rather the weakest members show the moral and social worth of the peoples as a whole -- and that is repeated by every major religion on this globe

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Good question Trout.

    I don't know how you guys are doing up there, but here... in proportion to our capabilities... I'd say not very good. Unless your an illegal immigrant (that's another topic).

    Some of our weakest and poorest are our elderly and our homeless.

    Our homeless are generally looked upon as scum. Like they brought it on themselves and deserve whatever they get. People look through them, walk past them, over them and complain when they 'mess up' their parks and public areas. While some homeless fall into that category, many are people that need help. Serious help. Some are people that have had the bad luck to fall on hard times for a myriad of reasons: job loss, divorce, mental health issues, and more than a few are our vets who gave service to our country. Unless they get arrested or have a health emergency, they aren't even on the radar. They get 'dumped' on the street from health facilities regularly. Not good.

    Our elderly? Wow. The lies we are told our whole lives about our elderly are disgusting. Work hard, pay your taxes and when you get to your 'Golden Years' (Ha!) you will be rewarded with the comfort of us returning part of what you paid us (if your lucky), and you'll have your medical needs met (just barely, if at all). They die in their homes and apartments from cold or heat because of high energy costs, or because their families have abandoned them because they are too busy. Some eat cat food. Some are actually abused by their caretakers, whether they be family or hired help. They also are ignored, disrespected and ridiculed as senile, boring, too much work, etc. Their wisdom is no longer valued as it once was and they are treated like children. We pump them full of pharmaceuticals to shut them up and squeeze every last dollar we can from whatever insurance they may have.

    Unless they are rich. Then people seem to have the time to spare, people seem to be more willing to listen and people make the effort to not patronize them and not treat them like babies for fear of losing their inheritance.

    I know that in comparison to other countries, our weak and poor are probably better off than a lot of others. But comparisons don't wash with me. We should hold ourselves to our own standards and not say "Good Enough". No. It's not.

    There was a point in our country and history that I believe America was in fact, the greatest nation. Something to aspire to, in spite of our government and it's politics. But that has been long since past, and it seems we now have very much to learn. Again.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not well at all. Reading the posts I see here on Y/A it seem we have way too many folks who want nothing more than to throw our weakest into the trash heap. It sure seems an awful lot like the sort of things we saw in Hitler's Germany. I pay that the plan outlined by President Obama succeeds in turning this around.

    btw how do you feel about Canadian health care? is it as 'bad ' as so many posters here in the politics section claim?

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'd say we're doing good thus far...the mentally disabled get decent care nowadays, the kids all get medical care, we have public education through high school, basically we take care of every possible little subset of "the weakest of these", and THEN some (sex addiction is now a disablilty here in NY State).

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not good at all.

    * Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.

    * The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (567 million people) is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.

    * Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.

    * Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.

    * 1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day).

    Now some refuse to acknowledge they're part of our society hiding in nationalism, refusing to look further than artificial borders drawn on a map by those with privilege to protect and guard that privilege and denying our shared humanity. While any prosperity they enjoy and the useless crap they consume to fill the void in their superficial existence is directly built on this oppression. The continued exploitation of the third world by the West and our indifference to their suffering shows how we treat the weakest.

    'All property relations in the past have continually been subject

    to historical change consequent upon the change in historical


    The French Revolution, for example, abolished feudal property in favour of bourgeois property.

    The distinguishing feature of Communism is not the abolition of property generally, but the abolition of bourgeois property. But modern bourgeois private property's the final and most completeexpression of the system of producing and appropriating products that is based on class antagonisms, on the exploitation of the many by the few...

    You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property.

    But in your existing society private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society."

    The above numbers (the first part) are from the world bank. The second is an exert from the communist manifesto. Everyone should draw their own conclusions, I know I have

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  • 1 decade ago

    We are doing great but always room for improvement. If we can get libs to stop trying to destroy all the charities we conservatives use to feed the poor it will be even better. Nothing wrong with giving all your money to museums, art galleries and starving artists but its hard to pretend you are for the poor when you don't have anything left for them.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Animals. Ghandi was speaking of animals. We are not doing too good on that one.

    'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress

    can be judged by the ways its animals are treated

    ~ Mahatma Gandhi'

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  • 1 decade ago

    Everyone is at one time the weakest member of society, when a fetus. The treatment of the youngest lives is digusting in much of the world.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Right now we are aborting our weakest members and calling it a right.

    Not only that, some people fight for this so-called right for others to kill their unborn children.

    What does that say about our society?

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  • 1 decade ago




    Pursuit of Happiness!

    No "Life", without Health

    No "LIberty" without a Educated Mind

    No ability to "Pursue Happiness" when your sick and don't know nothing!

    Source(s): Bikerphilosophy
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I guess you shhould say each person is their own society within a society and should take responsibility for themselves on that basic level everyday.....and then he will not have to wait nor have anyone else to blame. ...and you can use that in your next post, but say it was from the ONE MIND DIFFERENT FRAGMENTS

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