Over at PJ Media, I consider the moral dilemma of giving to homeless people, in particular the inconsistency of alms-giving and the way we fool ourselves into thinking we’re better people than we actually are:
Each of us likes to imagine that he lives by a discernible set of moral principles. But there are precious few things about which we can be morally certain. It is quite clear, for instance, that torturing and murdering an innocent person is immoral, and so most people, even the majority of repugnant ones, don’t do it. Excepting such extremes, however, moral choices are much more difficult than running down one’s list of “principles,” finding the applicable rule, and applying it with mathematical certainty.
Read the whole thing here.