YES: Societal conditions today continue to promote charity, ensuring its continued relevance to societal development and well-being.
Civic society organizations and religious institutions provide many programs and initiatives that assist the less fortunate, supported by volunteers and staff with a keen sense of mission and sympathy for their fellow human beings.
Businesses and corporations increasingly see the relevance of charity to branding, empowering of employees and sustaining long-term partnerships with the community, implementing corporate responsibility programs that serve the less fortunate in various ways.
Pragmatic governments recognize the societal costs of persistent poverty and the dangers of having too many economically marginalized citizens, andcorrespondingly implement policies that address these issues.
The mass media increasingly publicizes the plight of the less fortunate and mobilizes the public into providing assistance for them, thereby creating a more compassionate world driven by empathy for the less fortunate.
NO: Societal conditions today marginalize the role and relevance of charity, leaving it increasingly isolated from societal developments.
The vast array of societal problems and challenges strain civic society organizations and volunteer resources and charity to the less fortunate is only one of many worthy causes which is increasingly sidelined by more popular alternatives, such as campaigning for environmental and animal rights.
Corporate responsibility programs that businesses engage in are merely self-serving attempts to maximize profits and the help which the less fortunate receive is inevitably unsustainable or merely a cover to burnish corporations’ image and popularity amongst consumers.
Many governments continue to be run by self-serving politicians who pay lip service to charity, perpetuating underfunded and under-resourced public programs that are increasingly ignored and derided by a jaded public.
Many of our most successful mass media entities are focused on entertainment and the provision of trivial news, creating a self-indulgent and apathetic public that is largely unaware of the less fortunate.