It has been said that you can judge a society by how it treats its weakest members How are we doing?

The last time I asked this question people actually claimed no one had ever said anything about judging a society or a civilisation by how it treats it weakest members --- WOW So for those who might fall into that camp of the dark ages below are a FEW of the people who have said You judge the society by how it... show more The last time I asked this question people actually claimed no one had ever said anything about judging a society or a civilisation by how it treats it weakest members --- WOW So for those who might fall into that camp of the dark ages below are a FEW of the people who have said You judge the society by how it treats its weakest members


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Mahatma Gandhi said "You can judge a society by how they treat their weakest members."

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.~Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), My Several Worlds [1954].

"...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. " ~ Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey

"Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members -- the last, the least, the littlest."
~Cardinal Roger Mahony, In a 1998 letter, Creating a Culture of Life

"A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying,"
~Pope John Paul II

Aristotle has often been quoted as saying you can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens.

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Who are the weakest --- and how are they being treated ---- what voice do they have --- and how do you rate the worth of your society by this measure ?


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10 --- A complete egalitarian utopia

8 -- Well --- the poor are not hated the sick are not isolated the old are safe the dissenters and the unpopular are protected

6 - Problems arise and things are tough because of some legal and cultural bias that the weak endure but this is balanced out by moderating forces

4 -- The weakest members are shunned imprisoned used as slave labour for the strong and the aggressive

2 -- The weakest are openly hunted down and used as slaves or body parts or killed for sport

0 -- Total tribal anarchy --- there is no society
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