18 August 2011

Generosity requires generous society

In order for people to be able to help each other the society must be sufficiently well organized that their help would be both appreciated and reciprocated. 
Generosity requires a generous society as a prerequisite. 
Theories of political development that start from individuals on their own cannot ever get to the station of having society organized as generous. The chumash's story, on the other hand, of God providing the Children of Israel with a fully built up political/economic infra-structure is all about the possibility of individual generosity having already been enabled by a God Who provides not only the requisite abundance for such generosity but also the social system that can endorse such generosity. 

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