To give or not to give? Giving money to a beggar will undoubtedly help him in the short term. But how do we know who we give and how will the money be used?  

– CNN discussion about Pope : Always give to panhandlers:

In addition, people also have the right to live … The social contract is broken when people do not have the minimum to live. 

Namur interdit la mendicité – Réactions du front SDF:

So what to do? What are the solutions? Where is the exit? 

Does charity drive back poverty? 

 – Observatoire des inégalités: 600 000 pauvres de plus en dix ans:

When one is walking on a tight rope without a safety net, without self-confidence; how to find balance even with a stick?   How to make good decisions? 

 – Poverty is not a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash – Rutger Bregman: 

– Poverty isn’t permanent. | UNDP:

 Basic Income? Is this a solution to ensure dignity for all, remove the fear of falling from the social ladder and calm the distress felt in front of unknown people who do not know the situation and who ask for money. What do you think?

A well-made video about the UBI to ensure dignity of life for everyone


Study Shows Mentally Ill More Likely to Be Victims, Not Perpetrators, of Violence – NC State University:

As mental illness is still a taboo, most people only know it when it is visible i.e. at its worst. When faced with a mentally ill person in a state of a crisis, the only reasonable reaction is to call a doctor or the emergency services.

However, do think about all the other mentally-ill people who are able to hide the disease to you; because it is a taboo and because they don’t want you to know…

Mental Disorder – Wikipedia:

“The social stigma associated with mental disorders is a widespread problem. The US Surgeon General stated in 1999 that: “Powerful and pervasive, stigma prevents people from acknowledging their own mental health problems, much less disclosing them to others.” (…) Media coverage of mental illness comprises predominantly negative and pejorative depictions, for example, of incompetence, violence or criminality, with far less coverage of positive issues such as accomplishments or human rights issues. Such negative depictions, including in children’s cartoons, are thought to contribute to stigma and negative attitudes in the public and in those with mental health problems themselves, although more sensitive or serious cinematic portrayals have increased in prevalence.(…) The majority of people with serious mental illness are never violent.”

ILO – Mental ill-health at the workplace: Don’t let stigma be our guide–en/index.htm

Philadelphia (movie – 1993):

The cure is different, the stigma is the same.


Mental illness is not a choice, stigmatisation is — as well as using obsolete practices.

Individual Differences – Robert Sapolsky- Stanford University:

Prince William and Jacinda Ardern discuss mental health at Davos 2019:

Too many producers of milk in France live below the poverty line. This is a scandal that those who feed the population are treated this way!

Farmers chose to act. Some butter producers have found better buyers in other countries which has created a shortage of butter in the supermarkets because they refused to increase their purchase price.

The media only covered the information partially by omitting the role of the distributors and simply said there was a shortage. This is false since farmers throw milk so as not to make the milk fall too low and sell it directly to people or via cooperatives.

Independent media like Le Monde speak the truth well.

Flour, butter and sugar are products of general interest. How is it that the French state does nothing when it is its responsibility to ensure distribution and it is only allowed for convenience to delegate to the distributor!

Thierry Roquefeuil, chairman of the milk-producers’ federation FNPL, told Bloomberg: “French retailers refuse to increase prices, even by few cents, even for butter. Dairy producers see that there’s an outside demand at higher prices so they sell abroad, and rightfully so:

Why millenials have food companies worried:

Dane millenial producer: