josh wrote:People who are ungrateful rub me the wrong way as well. But if we are to be truly compassionate, and offer assistance, we should do it with the idea that it is the right thing to do...regardless of whether we are thanked for it like we think we should be. Some of those complainers probably do have so much worry going on that they acted out in a way unlike them. For some, they have grown up in a system where the government provides everything for them...and when they government doesnt come through like they expect it to...it upsets them. That is why personal responsibility is soooo important. And why government welfare is soooo bad for people long term.
I agree. I think gov't entitlement has a lot to do with the problem. People expect others to take care of them and when they don't get what they want, they complain and act ungrateful for what they do get. This is probably especially true in New Orleans where billions of $$ were given by the gov't to rebuild their city, as if they are entitled to US taxpayers paying for their below sea level city to be rebuilt.
I also think the bible verse "don't give your pearls to the pigs" may apply here. I like to concentrate my helpful efforts to those who appreciate it and are thankful. If I was helping someone who was ungrateful, then I'd move to someone else who is thankful. Ultimately this will (hopefully) help the ungrateful person to change their attitude and better themselves.
On another note:
When I saw those levies holding back the water on TV, I said to myself, "who would want to live there". A small failure in the levy could mean complete flooding. Only a portion of the thing has to fail... and that barge that was loose... good thing they tied that thing down.
If they want to live below sea level and under protection of levies that can fail, then fine, but they should do it under their own expense, not US taxpayers. Pay for your own levies.