Excerpt from A Definition of Social Work
Moreover we make certain doles which we explicitly insist are not to be counted charity - pensions given after mili tary or government service or to widows rearing children for the commonwealth - and in disassociating them from charity it is the custom to point out that they are not con cessions but just deserts, something that can be claimed as a right.
Charity then is a free gift. It need not be given in love, as its etymology would assume, indeed it may be given in a mood of revulsion, in the hope of expiating a sin or in mere fear of the indignation of the deprived. The recording angel probably keeps a record of the motive and the spirit, but charity, in its simple objective meaning on men's lips, inheres in the act of relief.
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