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AaronTanKY
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tamanna_29
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THBT robbing the rich and helping the poor is justified

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Started: 9/16/2016 Category: Philosophy
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AaronTanKY

Pro

Robbing the rich and helping the poor is undoubtedly justified as adopting a utilitarian stance, it benefits society more as a whole. The meaning of "utilitarian" is that we should strive to achieve the overall maximum happiness regardless the process, meaning it focuses on the attaining of happiness in its eventual outcome. Now, why is this important? This is because arguably, many things in life can be said to be driven by the sole motivation of happiness. The same amount of money, taken from the rich's point of view, will seem less than in the poor's point of view due to the percentages of their current income. Therefore, taking from the rich and giving to the poor will mean more to the poor and cause the eventual happiness to increase.
tamanna_29

Con

Happiness is not all about money. Satisfaction is the key to happiness. There are many sad rich people and happy poor people.This act of robbing rich and helping poor would increase expectations of poor people a lot more.They would want more and more in life and in this constant need of wanting more, people would loose their happiness eventually . I believe on a larger view it has more negative points than positive ones . This is kind of a short cut for poor people. They instead of working hard would choose this option moreover it would lead to moral degradation as robbing rich people would make them insensitive about others they won't even mind to care about helping poor and somehow it would end up making world a bitter place.
Debate Round No. 1
AaronTanKY

Pro

Although it is true that happiness is not all about money but no one can deny that money does, in fact, affect one's level of happiness.After all, this world is regrettably materialistic and with money, the possibilities are widened.I do not agree with the point that giving money to the poor would be a "short cut". Many of the rich nowadays inherited their wealth from previous generations and therefore are able to easily continue the business and make ridiculous amounts of profits. On the other hand, the poor have worked immensely hard and in most cases much harder than the rich not to maintain their wealth but for survival.So, shouldn't the government should reward the poor's hardwork by giving them money to break out of the poverty cycle?
tamanna_29

Con

Money does affects one's level of happiness but is it just the positive affect? Money introduces greed among people.This idea of robbing the rich and helping the poor somehow and somewhere promotes materialistic nature among non-materialistic people. Also happiness is a journey , not a destination.Distributing money to poor people directly take them to destination and they would miss the pleasure of working hard ,earning money and then spending them.There exist a lot of self made rich people who worked hard, their miseries motivated them to goal big and achieve big .They never waited for someone's help and incentives to poor would no doubt help them but these incentives should be given to those who would really value them and work hard.
Debate Round No. 2
AaronTanKY

Pro

Firstly, money does not induce greed among the poor.The poor were born impoverished, their lives tough from the very beginning.Therefore, when help is rendered towards them, they would feel a sense of gratefulness, satisfaction and treat this as an opportunity to work hard and showcase their talents. It is usually the rich who are greedy, seen from daily examples.
Secondly, I would like to point out that distributing money to the poor is not "directly taking them to the destination" but providing them with the necessary resources to reach their goals. According to meritocracy, everyone should be provided with equal opportunities to fulfill their destinies but by limiting the help we render towards the poor,isn't it that it is unfair per se?
tamanna_29

Con

Government provides scholarship to deserving ones.So they are already being helped by government and there are NGOs which are really supportive. For real deserving people money has never been a barrier but just a hurdle. Every obstacle is an opportunity.
And nobody can be sure if money induces greed or not as motive behind day to day crimes now a days is generally money.Human needs are basically never satisfied. So no matter how much money you provide them it would never be enough. So 'Robbing rich and helping poor' is not justified according to me. It may positively affect the lives of people but the negative impact can never be ignored. Helping is a kind act . Getting that help by robbing does not give the right idea to society.
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