Editorial: Sufficiency for man’s need but not his greed (abusing the French social support/assistance)

POSTED: 10/31/14 11:11 AM

The current situation on French St. Martin with regards to persons depleting the government’s coffers through what appears to be bogus financial claims from the social services brings to mind the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.” While there may be many genuine cases of persons in need who are claiming these benefits, it is obvious that there are loop holes in the system that allows for unscrupulous persons to take advantage of a system initially designed to assist those in society that are less fortunate. The issue needs to be addressed by the authorities of French St. Martin with the authorities of Dutch St. Maarten to put more stringent checks on the persons suspected of claiming benefits on French St. Martin while working on Dutch St. Maarten. Checks should also be placed on persons who are unwilling to assist themselves even when given the opportunity and who choose instead to live off the already limited resources of the state. While it is understandable, and indeed acceptable, that the authorities and the people of French St. Martin are disillusioned with the current system because of the actions of some, it is important that generalizations are not made about an entire culture. Gandhi also said “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” We would all do well to remember that.

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