Thursday, October 13, 2011

You Can’t Donate People Out of Poverty

“You can’t donate people out of poverty.”
- Paul Polak on The Hour 10 June 2008

This quote reminds me of the old cliché,

“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat forever.”


  1. I understand that being generous is supposed to be a good thing, but i don't think it is used in the right way.

    Maybe we should fund some sort of education program which includes some very basic skills that could really help those unfortunate souls (such as wealth-management or repairs 101).

    I do like it that UNICEF and similar foundations are building schools, since then at least they're given the chance to make something. If they succeed, GREAT! But if they don't, then there really isn't anything we can do.

  2. Hi Stevie,

    I truly believe we need to teach our children about money. We should try to get our youth to stop getting into debt. That comes with education.

    Thanks for the comment!